Omar Sosa, seckou keita & Gustavo ovalles
The Seckou Keita Quartet
Seckou formed the Seckou Keita Quartet in 2004 and went on to perform over 400 concerts worldwide. With his quartet formation, Seckou has made a significant contribution to kora music with his original tunings.
"There are four basic traditional tunings," he explains, "which are linked to the different regions in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mali where the kora is played. Each region has its own distinct tuning. My own approach has been to put all these tunings together in the same instrument, so while still rooted in tradition, the sound is quite different to what people are used to hearing, and the range of material I can perform is greatly extended."
The quartet later expanded into the Seckou Keita Quintet.