We are delighted to have learned that we have won Songlines Magazine Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award 2014.
More than 8,000 Songlines readers from 65 different countries voted for the awards shortlist, with the editorial board deciding the final winners. The magazine celebrates its 100th edition with the issue announcing the awards.
Songlines Awards Youtube trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDXwG7M5oV0
Here we are receiving our fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year Award 2013 from Cerys Matthews at fRoots Magazine‘s 35th anniversary concert ‘Bridges’ last month. A full feature on the evenings musical escapades is available in the current edition of fRoots Magazine (Photographer: Judith Burrows)
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