CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA
Seckou's long-standing award-winning collaboration with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch continues to thrill audiences the world over.
Following unanimous critical raves for their 2013 debut Clychau Dibon, classically-trained Welsh harpist and Senegalese kora maestro Seckou Keita delivered a triumphant second album with 2018's album SOAR, again charting inspirational common ground between seemingly disparate traditions. Thematically inspired by the osprey - the magnificent raptor recently returned to Wales after its persecution to near extinction 400 years ago - and its annual migrations between Europe and Africa, the album's intoxicating, often improvised synergy captures a magical meeting of minds and talents within a borderless musical landscape.
Themes of migration - natural, enforced and economic - run throughout SOAR, drawing deep on the sometimes darker history of these two great musical nations. 'Like the iconic raptor, it swoops and soars to capture the bird's very essence,' says Dave Haslam, in his 5* review for RnR Magazine, 'SOAR is as near to perfection as it is possible'.
Their performances of the album in spring 2018 garnered 5* reviews from both the Guardian and The London Evening Standard and prompted Songlines Magazine's Tim Cumming to describe them as "the most popular world music act of the decade".
SOAR went on to win the prestigious fRoots Critics Poll Album of The Year 2018, an award Catrin and Seckou received previously for Clychau Dibon in 2013. SOAR won Songlines Music Award for Best Fusion Album 2018, Best Transregional Album in the Transglobal World Music Charts 2018, and has been nominated for Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019. Catrin and seckou are also nominated for Best Duo / Band, and Seckou is nominated for Musician of The Year.
The album also received a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize, and has been named as one of MOJO and Songlines Magazines Top Ten Albums of the Year 2018.
Press on CATRIN FINCH AND SECKOU KEITA:
“The Osprey migrates between West Africa and Wales - harpists Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita
join its journey on their exultant, mesmeric second album, SOAR.” 4* NEIL SPENCER, THE OBSERVER
'You could listen to this 1,000 times and still find something new" 4* DAVID HUTCHEON, MOJO
"an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together'"
5* ROBIN DENSELOW, THE GUARDIAN
'Hypnotic and ethereal, SOAR is a unique marriage of cultures' 4* NEIL SPENCER, THE OBSERVER