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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.
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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.
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
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.