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CATRIN FINCH AND SECKOU KEITA
Catrin and Seckou were first introduced in March 2012, when producers Theatr Mwldan and Astar Artes called upon Seckou to stand in when a military coup in Mali had detained kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté and prevented him from attending rehearsals for a major collaborative tour with the young Welsh harpist Catrin Finch. A series of initially unfortunate circumstances had unwittingly led to a most serendipitous meeting of musical talents, and a long-standing friendship and mutual respect was born. It was the first time Catrin, a classically trained harpist, had ever seen or heard a kora. Seckou, a kora master and Senegalese griot with Royal blood, didn’t read music.
Their debut album Clychau Dibon won the prestigious fRoots’ Critics Poll Album of the Year 2013, Songlines’ Best CrossCultural Collaboration Award 2014, and two nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 (Best Duo and Best Traditional Track for Les Bras De Mer).
Fast-forward five years, several awards and with over 100 concerts worldwide later, the project shows no sign of abating. In June of 2017, Catrin and Seckou went back into the recording studio and began work on their much-anticipated second album, SOAR.
The album takes wing on the flight of the Osprey, the magnificent raptor persecuted to extinction in Wales during the 17th century, which has recently returned home after a 400-year absence. The osprey makes its annual 3000-mile migration from the estuaries of West Wales, where Catrin grew up, to Seckou’s homeland in Senegal, West Africa – an amazing natural connection which hit a resonance with the two artists.
Website: Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita
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