Family album out now

Lindiane by Jalikunda Cissokho has been released on all good digital shops. Jalikunda means “the house of the griots” in the Mandinka language. The griot family featured in this fantastic album is Seckou’s family: the Cissokho’s, spread all over West Africa and Europe,  resulting in one huge personality across the stage.

The concept of Jalikunda was conceived few years ago by Solo Cissokho who had the vision of bringing members of his family together to share their different experiences to the world. This led to different tours in Sweden, Norway and Senegal (winter 2000 and 2001).

This vision inspired Seckou Keita, who introduced the idea to the UK in 2002, by inviting Fily, Sadio, Maudo and Maher Cissokho.

The band toured K tour included Glastonbury Festival (Jazz/World stage), Womad Festival and Window of the World Festival where the band performed alongside Cheikh Lo and Papa Wemba.

This was very successful and satisfying so he decided to produce the family album: Lindiane. It became a beautiful collection of traditional and new songs, fantastically arranged by Seckou himself.

The album was released in 2003 and the full 12 piece band  toured all over the UK with a few appearances in Sweden and Spain.

Have a look at the promotional video:

More information and to buy the allbum can be found there

The Silimbo charts #1 on I tunes and Amazon world music sales!

And thank you all for making the Silimbo Passage, the number 1 album in I tunes and Amazon world music charts! All of your support will go on to help the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Also, thank you so much for all your lovely messages and comments…

I had a busy but lovely day today. First it was great fun talking to Libby Purves from Midweek, BBC radio 4. And the other guests were such a joy:
– Samantha Bond who is best known for her role as Moneypenny in the James Bond films starring Pierce Brosnan
– Oscar-winning songwriter (and ex-Rodeo rider!!) Ryan Bingham
– Strictly Come dancing favourite Ballroom dancer Brendan Cole

You can listen to the program on BBC I player for another 7 days I think… Just follow this link

Then I had to rush to the airport to fly to Poitiers (France), preparing for tomorrow “Do You speak Djembe show”. Having a great time with a fantastic team of people and musicians!
Time for a little rest now…
All the very best
Seckou

Music working for the International Committee of the Red Cross

Seckou Keita, known as Senegal’s Hendrix of the Kora, will donate 50% to the International Committee of the Red Cross of all the proceeds made from his most recent and highly acclaimed album, The Silimbo Passage, sold over the next six months. In his capacity as an international artist, Seckou Keita is taking an active stand against oppression, suffering and the violation of human rights by committing to help those in need across the world and firmly believes his music “…can contribute to making the world a better place”.

new partnership with ICRC

Seckou Keita, known as Senegal’s Hendrix of the Kora, is launching a new partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross. This partnership will see Seckou donate 50% of all the proceeds made from his most recent and highly acclaimed album, The Silimbo Passage, sold over the next six months. In his capacity as an international artist, Seckou Keita is taking an active stand against oppression, suffering and the violation of human rights by committing to help those in need across the world and firmly believes his music “…can contribute to making the world a better place”.