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Seckou Keita

A true master of the kora

Sat 24 October, 8pm

A Theatr Mwldan | Seckou Keita | Sasolo Ltd Co-Production

Seckou Keita

With support from Gwyneth Glyn

 
Following the critical acclaim of his award-winning collaborative project with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, the extraordinary Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita will be striking out in 2015 with a new solo album and UK tour. Variously described as a ‘griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer’, Seckou 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, Yossou N’Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

His last two albums Miro and The Silimbo Passage hit No.1 in the European world music charts, and Clychau Dibon, the fruit of his collaboration with 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.

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician. This, his latest tour, explores what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. In his new album 22 Strings, 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.
 
Seckou is joined by Gwyneth Glyn as support artist. Poet, writer and singer of songs, Gwyneth comes from Cricieth in North Wales and explores her own folk heritage in her own mother-tongue.
 
Find out more at his website www.seckoukeita.com.

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery, and the Arts Council of England.

PRAISE FOR SECKOU KEITA
  • "...an elegant solo set dominated by instrumental compositions” 4* Robin Denselow, The Guardian
  • "Propelled into the big league...this solo album has an unhurried assurance” 4* David Honigmann, Financial Times
  • ”Seckou Keita can be classed alongside the great Toumani Diabate as one of the adventurous masters of the kora” 4*Robin Denselow, The Guardian
  • "An absolutely magical sound” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
  • "...a philosophical, deeply contemplative and spiritually uplifting album of timeless beauty” 4*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
  • "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"
  • Light, lyrical and luscious kora playing and songs...exquisite” Sacred Hoop Magazine

Booking Information

Tickets are available for the reduced rate of £10 (£7 concessions) in advance. On the night, tickets will cost £12 (£9 concessions).
You can buy tickets in advance in three ways:
  • Click on Book below to buy online via our official ticket agents Brewery Arts Centre. Online tickets will add a booking fee of £1.50 per transaction. 
  • Call 01539 725133 to buy over the phone. There is a booking fee of £1.50 per transaction.
  • Phone and online bookings will close at 6pm on the day of the gig, any remaining tickets will be available on the door at The Hothouse.
  • You can buy tickets in person from our venue the Hothouse and from Morecambe Visitor Information Centre in the Platform.


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