Seckou Keita presents music from West Africa

Saturday 25 November 2017,
12.00–12.45 & 14.00–14.45
Sunday 26 November 2017,
12.00–12.45 & 14.00–14.45
Room 25
Free, just drop in, limited seating

Organised with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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Drop in to the Sainsbury African Galleries for performances of traditional and contemporary music from Senegal by charismatic performer Seckou Keita, who plays the kora, a 22-stringed West African harp.

Variously described as a griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer, Seckou Keita is both seated in tradition while constantly pushing the boundaries of his art. A true master of the kora, Seckou is from the Casamance area of southern Senegal. He was a childhood prodigy, born of a line of griots and kings. He 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 Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Youssou N’Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

His latest solo tour explores what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. In his 2015 album 22 Strings, Seckou gives us the kora in its purest guise, a wondrous instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.

His previous two albums hit No. 1 in the European world music charts, and Clychau Dibon, a collaboration with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, won fRoots Critics Poll Album of The Year 2013, Songlines Magazine Best Cross Cultural Collaboration 2014, and two BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations. In 2016 he won the Songlines award for Best Album for Africa and Middle East for 22 Strings.

Please note that these performances replace ones by Eugene Skeef, who will not be performing this weekend due to illness.

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Seckou Keita. © Andy Morgan