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….