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ABOUT SECKOU KEITA

Seckou Keita from Senegal is one of the world’s foremost kora players who has been performing internationally since 1996. Nicknamed “the Hendrix of the Kora”, Seckou has been celebrated for his ingenious tunings and virtuosity and praised as “one of the finest exponents of the kora”.

 

Performing all over the globe as a solo artist and with his ground-breaking quintet, he captivated audiences at WOMAD, Hay, Glastonbury, Tokyo Jazz, Chicago World Music Festival, Sydney International,  Montreal Jazz Festivals and many more places.

 

His desire to push the boundaries of his art has led to create critically acclaimed collaborations with Damon Albarn & the Africa Express, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, AKA trio with Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale, Paul Weller and the folk collective The Lost Words, Spell Songs (2019) joined by the words of Robert McFarlane and artwork of Jackie Morris. His journey into pushing boundaries continues as he is about to present his first concerto for Kora and Orchestra in a collaborative album with BBC Concert Orchestra, Italian Bass player Davide Mantovani and South African cellist Abel Selaocoe. 

 

Through this work, he earned numerous accolades including three Songlines Music Awards, and several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2019 Musician of the Year. “I don’t know if I’m a folk musician, a jazz or a world one,” he said at the time. “Forget about categories. My music is just music for the soul.” 

“...exquisite”

★★★★★ SIMON BROUGHTON, LONDON EVENING STANDARD 

 

“...an elegant solo set dominated

by instrumental compositions”

★★★★ ROBIN DENSELOW, THE GUARDIAN  

 

“A mesmerising set of quietness and beauty...an unmissable collection”

★★★★ IAN SINCLAIR, MORNING STAR

 

“Propelled into the big league…this solo

album has an unhurried assurance”

★★★★ DAVID HONIGMANN, FINANCIAL TIMES 

 

”Seckou Keita can be classed alongside the great Toumani Diabate as one of the

adventurous masters of the kora”

★★★★ ROBIN DENSELOW, THE GUARDIAN 

 

“An absolutely magical sound”

MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2

 

...a philosophical, deeply contemplative and spiritually uplifting album of timeless beauty”

★★★★ DAVE HASLAM, R2 ROCK N REEL

 

“...this gifted musician instils a sense of serenity through his masterful playing and

infinite respect for the kora”

DJ RITU, A WORLD IN LONDON 

 

“Senegalese kora maestro, the king of the African harp…incredible. What a wonderful ambassador for the traditional music of his country”

FRANK HENNESSEY, BBC RADIO WALES

 

“A tour de force display of mastery...a never less than compelling collection...22 Strings finds Seckou Keita at the top of his game”

FOLK RADIO UK

 

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Seckou's Discography