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SUBA : NEW ALBUM coming SOON by OMAR SOSA & SECKOU KEITA, Featuring Gustavo Ovalles

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The Atlantic Ocean separates Cuba and Senegal, the respective birthplaces of piano virtuoso Omar Sosa and kora maestro Seckou Keita, a distance diminished by their shared ancestral connection to Africa. When the pair met in 2012, Seckou loved Omar for his musical spirituality, whilst Omar saw in Seckou a rare ability to collaborate but not lose his identity. Their debut album Transparent Water (2017) was hailed as ‘beautiful, rhapsodic… spiritual’ (Songlines) and ‘mesmerising, evocative and sophisticated’ (World Music Central).

Sosa has released over 30 albums during an incredible career that has included nominations for seven GRAMMY or Latin GRAMMY awards; Keita is a multi-award winner, most recently as the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year (2019). Recorded during lockdown and released in October 2021, Sosa and Keita’s second album SUBA is a hymn to hope, to a new dawn of compassion and real change in a post-pandemic world, a visceral reiteration of humanity’s perennial prayer for peace and unity. Joining Omar and Seckou in the studio and for live performances is the inimitable Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.

SUBA is a co-production between Omar Sosa, Seckou Keita, OTA Records, Theatr Mwldan, and ARC Music Productions International Ltd and is released worldwide on 22 October 2021 in CD and digital formats on the bendigedig label.


“Sosa and Keita deliver a work that variously ebbs, flows and sparkles”

4* Jane Cornwell, Jazzwise

“a powerfully elegant statement of joy over shared musical discovery”

Felix Contreras, NPR

“a pure expression of joy, emitting rays of light through sound”

4* Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz

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