From the review by Robin Denselow in the Guardian of Salif Keita at the Barbican (London) April 2014 with Seckou supporting.
“Seckou Keita, who opened the show, is a British-based kora player who recorded one of the finest albums of last year with the Welsh harpist Catrin Finch. Here playing solo, he sang well and provided the most delicate and hypnotic instrumental work of the night.”
Songlines magazine have announced that Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita have been nominated for the Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration category in the Songlines Music Awards 2014 and have released a compilation album featuring all nominated artists
Now in their sixth year the awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent around the world.
For more information go to Songlines Music Awards 2014
Seckou will be playing a solo show supporting Salif Keita at the Barbican Centre, London on 8th April. For tickets and info go to https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=15337
Ceffylau from the album Clychau Dibon was played on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs over the festive season. Kirsty Young’s castaway that week was Gillian Clarke.
Wales’s National Poet, she has received the Queen’s Gold Medal for her work. She writes about everything from dinosaurs to suicide, but the potency and power of nature is a recurring motif.
The Guardian’s Robin Denselow has named Clychau Dibon in his the top five album picks of 2013. “This is an intriguing fusion project in which Catrin Finch, the celebrated Welsh harp player, teamed up with Seckou Keita, an exponent of the West African harp, the kora. The result is an elegant instrumental set that mixes tranquil, hypnotic passages with rapid-fire improvisation, as the melody lines constantly switch between the two instruments.
We are delighted with the announcement from Ian Anderson on Lopa Kothari’s BBC Radio 3 show and a tribute to Nelson Mandela tonight that our Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita album, Clychau Dibon, has won the fRoots magazine Critics Poll Album Of The Year for 2013.
Congratulations Seckou, Catrin and the team and thanks to everyone who feels the force!
Clychau Dibon is in the Top Ten albums of the year over at Songlines Magazine
http://www.songlines.co.uk/world-music-news/2013/10/songlines-best-albums-2013-announced/, nominated for album of the year at fRoots http://www.frootsmag.com/content/critpoll/ and has also been nominated in two categories at the BBC Folk Awards (best traditional track and best duo) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ldc63/profiles/winners-nominees
“Amazing. UK resident Seckou Keita gets nominated in the BBC Folk Awards (2 nominations out of 37, jointly shared with a Welsh musician, and the first UK ethnic minority artist nominated in living memory, if ever.)” Ian Anderson – Folk Roots
By David Honigmann
A royal harpist from Wales teams up with a kora player (which is to say, another court harpist) from Senegal.
Finch and Keita swap tunes from both traditions, one taking the lead while the other fills and improvises around the edges, then seamlessly trading places.
‘Robert Ap Huw Meets Nialing Sonko’ is the centrepiece: 16th century harp tunes playing off against the blissful melodies of the Casamance.*****
“an intriguing collaboration that really works…Catrin Finch is a celebrated harpist …this is (Seckou Keita’s) most satisfying work to date…. the interaction is remarkable…an elegant,gently exquisite set”
Robin Denselow,The Guardian
Thomas Brooman CBE
“something quite different.. a really intriguing collaboration…it works so beautifully together -a beautiful album”
Mark Radcliffe,BBC Radio 2
“heavenly music.. that soars, intricately realised , pretty wonderful”
“intricate,ethereal and entrancing,an elaborate pas-de-deux…remarkable”
Neil Spencer, Uncut Magazine
“some people spend a lot of money on illegal substances in order to attain the kind of mood this music evokes,