Welsh harpist and Senegalese kora player join forces at Ffwrnes
ONE of Wales's greatest harpists and Senegal's most inventive kora player will join together on stage in Llanelli next month.
Catrin Finch joins forces with the Senegalese kora virtuoso Seckou Keita for a major tour accompanying the release of their new album Clychau Dibon.
Hot on the heels of her collaborations with Cimarron, from Colombia, and Toumani Diabate, from Mali, Catrin is once again out to prove her radical and adventurous musical spirit by merging Welsh and West African musical culture.
Seckou Keita is a member of the renowned Cissokho clan of griots, or bards, from southern Senegal who has already blended his kora – a 21-stringed West African harp – with jazz, funk, rock, Indian classical and all manner of other musical styles.
A spokesman for the tour said: "Together, Finch and Keita have risen to the tough challenge of blending two completely different musical cultures and creating something coherent, relevant and entirely new."
Catrin is a star in the world of classical music and widely recognised as one of the finest young harpists that Britain has produced in recent years.
A nominee for a Classical Brit Award, she has performed with orchestras all over the world and was the first royal harpist to the Prince of Wales in modern times.
Keita has performed around the world as a solo artist, a bandleader and a collaborator with Baka Beyond and the Jalikunda Project. He's a master of both the kora and a wide range of west Africa drums and percussion instruments.
He set up the first kora course at London's School of Oriental and African Studies and his teaching skills are highly prized.
The spokesman added: "The remarkable affinities between the harp and the kora as well as the Welsh and West African cultures from which they have emerged are fused on this album into a single intensely inspiring river of music."
The concert will take place at Ffwrnes on Friday, November 8 at 7.30pm.