Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba + Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

A Theatr Mwldan | Jazzhaus Freiburg Co-Production


Experience two of the very best acts in world music in one very special double bill! 


Award winning duo Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita join forces to celebrate the remarkable affinities between the Welsh harp and the West African kora. Their sublime music creates a unique soundscape; Mandinka rhythms mix effortlessly with Welsh tunes, with hypnotic improvisations from both in an exhilarating and playful set which leaps over cultural barriers, roaming freely in borderless musical territory. Multiple award–winners, Catrin and Seckou’s new album SOAR released in April 2018 to huge critical acclaim and 5* reviews for their live shows from the Guardian and London Evening Standard, leading Songlines Magazine’s Tim Cumming to describe them as ‘the most popular world music act of the decade’.


Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa, and is respected as one of Africa’s premier global artists. His band, Ngoni Ba, includes three ngoni players (featuring ngonis with differing tonal sizes), two percussionists and the fantastic singer Amy Sacko. Together they have revolutionised the sound of the ngoni, and radically fired centuries of griot tradition into the future. Bassekou has collaborated with the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate and Taj Mahal, and joined Seckou Keita on the Africa Express tour in 2016 along with Damon Albarn and Paul Weller. Incredible dexterity and stunning music from one of Africa’s music visionaries.


This concert is one of twelve across the UK in 2019 specially selected by Songlines Magazine to celebrate their 20th anniversary.


Songlines Magazine
an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together
Defiant, angry new music from Mali, by the world’s greatest exponent of the ngoni, the ancient West African lute
The Guardian

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