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Seckou Keita | Homeland

THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER - 8:00 PM



Seckou Keita can be classed alongside the great Toumani Diabate as one of the adventurous masters of the kora.

The Guardian

Renowned kora player Seckou Keita returns to the Turner Sims stage with music from his new release Homeland. He is joined by an electrifying six-piece band for an explosive and joyful night of African pop music.

Seckou Keita stands as an inspiration luminary amongst African traditional musicians. Hailing from Southern Senegal, his journey from a gifted child to a globally recognised musician has been remarkable. Dubbed as “the Hendrix of the Kora”, Seckou’s innovative approach and exceptional skill pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can achieve.

Seckou’s new music explores identity, a sense of belonging, and questions the very idea of home. He is influenced by his own relationship with both his adoptive UK homeland and his native country Senegal.

Seckou bridges musical genres, blending traditional rhythms and modern compositions, and embracing afro-pop, urban and hip-hop. Musical poetry from award-winning poets and rap artists from the UK and Senegal are sampled and woven into the music.

For the first time in ten years, Seckou will be playing his kora standing up, a tradition set by his uncle and mentor, the late Solo Cissokho, one of Senegal’s most famous pop stars of the nineties. In a blend of acoustic and electronic sounds, tonight promises to keep you on your toes and bring you to your feet to dance!

Seckou Keita kora, voice
Matar N’Diongue drums
Kémo Cissokho percussion
Moussa N’Gom keyboard
Moustapha Gaye guitar
Modou Gueye bass
Korka Dieng voice

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