Family album out now

Lindiane by Jalikunda Cissokho has been released on all good digital shops. Jalikunda means “the house of the griots” in the Mandinka language. The griot family featured in this fantastic album is Seckou’s family: the Cissokho’s, spread all over West Africa and Europe,  resulting in one huge personality across the stage.

The concept of Jalikunda was conceived few years ago by Solo Cissokho who had the vision of bringing members of his family together to share their different experiences to the world. This led to different tours in Sweden, Norway and Senegal (winter 2000 and 2001).

This vision inspired Seckou Keita, who introduced the idea to the UK in 2002, by inviting Fily, Sadio, Maudo and Maher Cissokho.

The band toured K tour included Glastonbury Festival (Jazz/World stage), Womad Festival and Window of the World Festival where the band performed alongside Cheikh Lo and Papa Wemba.

This was very successful and satisfying so he decided to produce the family album: Lindiane. It became a beautiful collection of traditional and new songs, fantastically arranged by Seckou himself.

The album was released in 2003 and the full 12 piece band  toured all over the UK with a few appearances in Sweden and Spain.

Have a look at the promotional video:

More information and to buy the allbum can be found there

Music working for the International Committee of the Red Cross

Seckou Keita, known as Senegal’s Hendrix of the Kora, will donate 50% to the International Committee of the Red Cross of all the proceeds made from his most recent and highly acclaimed album, The Silimbo Passage, sold over the next six months. In his capacity as an international artist, Seckou Keita is taking an active stand against oppression, suffering and the violation of human rights by committing to help those in need across the world and firmly believes his music “…can contribute to making the world a better place”.

new partnership with ICRC

Seckou Keita, known as Senegal’s Hendrix of the Kora, is launching a new partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross. This partnership will see Seckou donate 50% of all the proceeds made from his most recent and highly acclaimed album, The Silimbo Passage, sold over the next six months. In his capacity as an international artist, Seckou Keita is taking an active stand against oppression, suffering and the violation of human rights by committing to help those in need across the world and firmly believes his music “…can contribute to making the world a better place”.

great show last night

Colchester was the last city we visited last night with Afrodisiac. This was an experimental production devised by Welsh composer Charlie Barber. I had also a fabulous time with my long time friend Chartwell Dutiro, a master of the Mbira. Visuals were provided by Raul Seek.

With classical, African and Latin influences, I truly enjoyed being part of this and I hope that those of you who came loved the journey.

For those who would like to find out more and hear some of the extracts, you can check Charlie Barber’s website.

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