Catrin & Seckou Usher Hall Review

May 13th, 2014


Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Rob Adams

It's little wonder that Catrin Finch finds working with Seckou Keita liberating. After all, there can't be too many gigs for a concert harpist where she gets to run her nail down a bass string with mock venom, use the harp's body as a conga drum and administer gleeful skelps instead of arpeggios.

This all happened during Future Strings, where Keita's kora was used to produce various effects, including a pantomimed rub of his beard. They're clearly completely at ease with each other, these musicians from different continents but although they're part of separate cultures, they're both also representatives of long traditions and it may be this that makes them such a natural musical pairing.

Then again, maybe it's just because they both happen to be great players.

When Finch introduced something from the sixteenth century Welsh harper Robert Ap Huw's manuscripts, Keita was able to add, in an entirely complementary way, a tale and melody of similar vintage from his own lands and the two flowed together like comingling streams. And so it went over two sets of absorbing, conversational interaction, some of it reflective, some of it spectacularly intense, some of it dancing to a celebratory rhythm.

A piece inspired by the building in the 1960s of a reservoir at Tryweryn found Finch playing both electro harp and the concert model and intoning folk memories of lost homes and flooded valleys while Keita tugged a sympathetic rhythm and voiced a wordless, soulful commentary

Church bells chimed figuratively. Ships sailed. Mists hovered and best of all, Finch became a veritable string band, riffing and grooving superbly alongside Keita's agile, high tensile melodising.

Cimarron In Argentina

May 6th, 2014

CIMARRON, EL JOROPO EN TIERRA GAUCHA Luego de su concierto el próximo 6 de mayo de 2014 en la Semana Universitaria Javeriana, CIMARRÓN llevará su joropo a los escenarios argentinos como representante de Colombia en el Mercado de las Industrias Culturales del Sur MICSUR 2014, en el que el Joropo del Nuevo Milenio pondrá a vibrar a los asistentes con su impactante propuesta escénica y musical. CIMARRÓN sigue su trayectoria internacional como el Grupo Musical de Joropo Llanero Colombiano que ha ganado reconocimiento para este género musical en 25 países de cuatro continentes.

After their concert on May 6, 2014 at the Javeriana University Week, CIMARRÓN perform as representative of Colombia in the Cultural Industries Market South MICSUR 2014, in which ther new style of Joropo will thrill the audience with its stunning visuals and music. CIMARRON international career has won recognition in 25 countries on four continents.

Catrin & Seckou win Songlines Magazine Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award 2014

April 24th, 2014


We are delighted to have learned today that we have won Songlines Magazine Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award 2014.

More than 8,000 Songlines readers from 65 different countries voted for the awards shortlist, with the editorial board deciding the final winners. The magazine celebrates its 100th edition with the issue announcing the awards.

Read More…

Reuters article…

Songlines Awards Youtube trailer

Catrin & Seckou receive fRoots Award

April 24th, 2014

Photographers credit: Judith BurrowsCatrin and Seckou receiving the fRoots Critics Poll Album of The Year Award 2013 for Clychau Dibon from Cerys Matthews at fRoots 35th Anniversary ‘Bridges’ celebration. (photographer: Judith Burrows)

A full feature on the evenings musical escapades is available in the current edition of fRoots Magazine.

Seckou featured in Dancetag app

April 22nd, 2014

Zq12_r2lSeckou has a track featured in the new dance craze app Dancetag… (Twitter for dancers!)

Anyone with a smartphone can play. Download the app, choose one of the 30 second pieces of music (including Seckou's) and then tag interesting places by filming yourself dancing there, and then share your video. You can choose to play just for fun or you can challenge others and become dance champion of your favourite place.

For more info go to


Catrin and Seckou have a new website

April 22nd, 2014

screenCatrin and Seckou finally have their very own website with all the latest news and tour dates,. You can have a look by clicking on the image

Don't forget you can also like them on facebook and follow them on twitter.


April 18th, 2014


New AMJ-RSD release The Brave is now out on 12 inch vinyl


AMJ one-off live show

April 11th, 2014

todAMJ will be making a rare live appearance at the Tribe Of Doris spring party on 12th April. for more details.

Guardian: “Seckou Keita provided the most hypnotic instrumental work of the night”

April 11th, 2014

Seckou amd Salif 2From the review by Robin Denselow in the Guardian of Salif Keita at the Barbican (London) April 2014 with Seckou supporting.

"Seckou Keita, who opened the show, is a British-based kora player who recorded one of the finest albums of last year with the Welsh harpist Catrin Finch. Here playing solo, he sang well and provided the most delicate and hypnotic instrumental work of the night."

Seckou rocked it!


Seckou and Catrin WOMAD, Cambridge and Shambala Festival Update

April 8th, 2014

It has just been announced that Catrin and Seckou will be playing:

2012_womad_logotype_colour_large24th-27th July Click for details


canbThurs 31st July. Click for details

shambala21 – 24 August   Click for details