Transparent Water UK Tour 8 – 21 November



Transparent Water UK Tour starts tomorrow! Calling at:


08    ABERYSTWYTH, Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre

09    SOUTHAMPTON, Turner Sims


11    SWANSEA, Canolfan y Celfyddydau Taliesin Arts Centre



15    LIVERPOOL, Liverpool Philharmonic

16    LEEDS, Howard Assembly Rooms

17    SHOREHAM-BY-SEA, BRIGHTON, Ropetackle (African Night Fever)

18    BRISTOL, Colston Hall

19    LONDON, Milton Court at Barbican (EFG London Jazz Festival)


21   GATESHEAD, Sage Gateshead

Transparent Water tours to Japan, France and the UK this autumn




Click here for the full list of Autumn 2017 dates (and where to buy your tickets!) for Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita’s stunning ‘Transparent Water’ Tour featuring percussion from Gustavo Ovalles.

The tour is due to visit Japan for three dates this October, before embarking on a major tour of the UK in November.



Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita’s new album ‘Transparent Water’ releases 24th February ’17

We are delighted to announce that Transparent Water, the beautiful new album by Cuban Jazz pianist Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita will release worldwide on 24th February 2017 on the World Village label.

The album is now available to pre-order:

Pre-Order Digital download / Listen Here:

Click here to pre-order your physical copy (CD) today.


Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences. The idea for the collaboration grew out of Sosa’s impromptu addition to a 2012 London date with drummer Marque Gilmore, in what became Sosa and Keita’s first musical encounter. Profoundly moved by the experience, Omar told Seckou he wanted to invite him to work together on a future recording project.

A year later, in July 2013, Omar and Seckou went into the Fattoria Musica recording studio in Osnabrück, Germany and laid down the core tracks for Transparent Water. For percussion, Omar turned to longtime collaborator Gustavo Ovalles, who divides his time between France and his native Venezuela and brings the polyrhythmic soul of the African Diaspora to Transparent Water.

Transparent Water is the latest example of Omar Sosa’s transcendent determination to seek new combinations, a manifestation of improvisatory freedom wherein the musical destination is second to the joy of shared artistic expression with Ovalles and Keita, who has recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for Africa & Middle East for his latest solo album 22 Strings.

A UK tour is due to be announced shortly.


Press and media enquiry? Please contact Tamsin Davies / 01239 623925 for further information.




Africa Express presents: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and Guests live album – out now!

Stream The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and Guests live album out now on @transgressive made possible by #googleplaymusic. The guest artists featured on the album are Faia Younan – فايا يونانJulia Holternoura mint seymaliBassekou KouyatéSeckou KeitaEslam JawaadMalikahPaul WellerDamon AlbarnRachid Taha officiel and Bu Kolthoum – بو كلثوم
Out Now: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and Guests live album

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita sampled on Robbie Williams’ new album

Very excited to let you all know that my composition ‘Future Strings’, recorded by myself and Catrin Finch (on our debut album ‘Clychau Dibon‘), has been sampled on Robbie Williams’ new album which releases today, 4th November. The sample appears on the track ‘When You know’ – a love song to Robbie’s wife Ayda Field – which is on the Deluxe Edition of The Heavy Entertainment Show, Robbie’s first album release in three years.

Je suis vraiment exalte de vous informer que ma composition ‘Future Strings’ enregistree par moi-meme et Catrin Finch, a ete utilisee dans le nouvel album de Robbie Williams mis en vente aujourd’hui le 4 Novembre. L’extrait apparait dans la chanson ‘When You know’- une chanson d’amour que Robbie a dedicace a sa femme Ayda Field- de l’edition Deluxe, The Heavy Entertainment Show, le premier album mis en vente de Robbie depuis 3ans.


Seckou wins Africa & Middle East category in Songlines Music Awards 2016!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Seckou Keita has won the Africa & Middle East category in Songlines Music Awards 2016 for his solo album ’22 Strings’, co-produced with Theatr Mwldan and ARC Music Productions.

“I’m delighted that Seckou is the winner of our Africa & Middle East category this year – he’s a hugely popular artist and this is a much-deserved win for 22 Strings, his supremely graceful and highly personal album of solo kora music.” Jo Frost, Editor, Songlines Magazine

Read more on this years Songlines Awards here.


Seckou nominated for ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Africa & Middle East’ category in Songlines Music Awards 2016

Seckou has been nominated in two categories in the 2016  Songlines Music Awards: ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Africa and Middle East’.

The winners are due to be announced in the next edition of Songlines Magazine which will be out in early June. A compilation album, featuring 19 of the nominated artists in the five geographical categories, is available on CD via Amazon.

More info here….

22 Strings in Songlines Magazine Top Ten Albums of 2015

We’re delighted to announce that 22 Strings has been selected as one of Songlines Magazines Top Ten Albums of 2015.

Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton made their selection from their favourite albums that have been reviewed within Songlines magazine in the last 12 months.

You can read more about these ten albums in the next issue (Jan/Feb 2016, #114), out on December 11.

More on their website….