NEW ALBUM AND SHOW "SOAR"
"Best Group" - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - 2019
"Best Fusion Album" - Songlines Music Awards - 2019
"Album of the Year" - fRoots Critics Poll - 2018
"Best Transregional Album of the Year" - Transglobal World Music Charts - 2018
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"A harp, a kora, a woman, a man. That’s all. Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita turn the migratory birds’ journey from the U.K. to West Africa upside down and, under their magic fingers, each moment creates pure wonder, a meditative state, a moment of serenity. Sometimes the Senegalese opens his mouth. The benevolent nobility and warmth that emanate from his princely voice suggests that if he is a griot by his mother, he may well be of royal descent by his father, Keita, from Mali. This is a good thing, because Finch, considered the Prince of Wales’ “official harpist” according to an old tradition of the monarchy, is now called “the Queen” by her fans in the Celtic world. A very nice match to play Bach together, or sing about Gorée Island."
- Ralph Boncy
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita’s album "SOAR" has been selected as one the Top 360 Albums Of The Decade by PAN M 360!
Review by Ralph Boncy from PAN M 360's website...
CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA
Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for their extraordinary performances over the past five years. Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship and a thrilling live experience. A very equal paring of musical talent with huge respect for each other, their joyful championing and celebration of their cultures and differences has a real resonance with their audiences.
Black, white, girl, boy, different cultures, different musical disciplines, Wales, Senegal. In this project, there are differences aplenty.
But musically, Catrin and Seckou soar as one.
SOAR takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music over man-made borders, on its innate and epic journey of endurance. SOAR explores themes of migration, and journeys – both emotional and physical, and continues the duo’s intrepid exploration and celebration of the parallels and differences between their two instruments, the Welsh harp and the kora, and cultures. This is music with a huge emotional resonance and a remarkable synergy, a seemingly unlikely marriage between the cultures of Wales and Senegal which has resulted in the most serendipitous of unions. Welsh traditional melodies mix effortlessly with Mandinka staples, with hypnotic improvisations from both in an exhilarating and playful set which leaps over cultural barriers, roaming freely in borderless musical territory.