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Theatr Mwldan,

Cardigan / Aberteifi,

Ceredigion,

Wales

United Kingdom

SA43 1JY

ABOUT SECKOU KEITA

Variously described as a ‘griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer’, Seckou Keita is a rare type of musician, seated in tradition whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of his art.

 

A true master of the kora - a 22 stringed West African harp - Seckou, from the Casamance area of Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born of a line of griots and kings. Cissokho, his mother’s family name, gave life to his talent; Keita, his father’s, gave him royal blood. Seckou has graced the international stage since 1996, earning worldwide acclaim for his kora playing and appearing with a host of fellow artists including Salif Keita, Paul Weller, Damon Alban and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Youssou N’Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

 

His albums Miro (2011) and The Silimbo Passage (2008) hit No.1 in the European world music charts, and Clychau Dibon (2013), the fruit of his collaboration with harpist Catrin Finch, won fRoots Critics Poll Album of The Year 2013, Songlines Magazine Best Cross Cultural Collaboration 2014, and two BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations. In 2016 he won the Songlines award for Best Album for Africa and Middle East for 22 Strings. 2017 saw the release of his collaborative album with Cuban Jazz Pianist Omar Sosa, which toured to Japan, France, the UK and the USA. His collaboration with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, resulted in the award-winning album Clychau Dibon (2013); their much-anticipated second album SOAR released in April 2018 to huge critical acclaim.

 

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a modern global citizen, living with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through his music. In his recent solo album 22 Strings (released May 2015), Seckou gives us the kora in its purest guise, a wondrous instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.

 

 

 

“...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

 

www.seckoukeita.com

Seckou's Discography