Variously described as a “griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer”, Seckou Keita is a rare type of musician, seated in tradition whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of his art.
A true master of the kora – a 22 stringed West African harp – Seckou, from the Casamance area of Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born of a line of griots and kings. Seckou has graced the international stage since 1996, earning worldwide acclaim for his kora playing and appearing with a host of fellow artists including Salif Keita, Paul Weller, Damon Alban and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Youssou N’Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.
Seckou’s collaboration with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch resulted in the award-winning album Clychau Dibon (2013); their much-anticipated second album SOAR was released in April 2018 to huge critical acclaim. In his recent solo album 22 Strings (2015), Seckou presented the kora in its purest guise: an instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.
Opening the show will be fellow kora player Jally Kebba Susso of afro dance band Afriquoi.