Senegal

PHOTO ESSAY: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

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January 22, 2014
Catrin Finch (L) & Seckou Keita (R)

12►   In July 2013, I asked Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita if I could steal some of their time for a photo session. Both were pretty busy at that time so I was grateful to them for indulging my whim. It was one of those beautiful and blisteringly hot summer days, and the...
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FINDING THE ONE : ‘If your name is Keita, you’re still royalty’

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January 22, 2014
FINDING THE ONE - Front Cover

It was only after he’d started living in Europe and having kids of his own, that Seckou Keita started to wonder about his father. “I was in that mood,” he says, “I just wanted to find out.” He hadn’t seen him for about thirty years, but he was in touch with an uncle, his...
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FINDING THE ONE : ‘How the kora came to mankind’

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January 6, 2014
FINDING THE ONE - Front Cover

No one is one hundred precent sure of how or when the kora came into being. Strangely, the first person to ever mention it was a Scotsman by the name of Mungo Park, who wrote about it in his Travels In the Interior Districts of Africa, published in 1799.  Park was commissioned by Sir...
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REVIEW: CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff – 20/03/2013

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April 10, 2013
<i>REVIEW:</i> CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff – 20/03/2013

This was only a first taste but it was already golden, despite occasional rawness and hesitation, easily forgiven. With albums to be made, tours to be done and an inevitable maturing yet to come, the marriage of harp and kora seems blessed to be long, warm and fruitful.
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CHEIKH LO – Senegalese soul of many colours

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January 24, 2011
Cheikh Lo - The soul man of Senegalese Baye Fall

It’s this gentle yet luminous spirituality that makes Cheikh Lo’s music so unique, injecting its boundary-busting mix of Cuban, Congolese, Senegalese mbalax and international pop flavours with a tender fire that banishes sentimentality or the empty pop formula. Lo is now 50 years old and philosophical about the time it’s taken him to...
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