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Seckou Keita: 22 Strings
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Variously described as a 'griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer', Seckou is a rare type of musician, seated in tradition whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of his art. A true master of the kora - a 22 stringed West African harp - Seckou, from the Casamance area of Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born of a line of griots and kings. Cissokho, his mother's family name, gave life to his talent; Keita, his father's, gave him royal blood. Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician. In his new 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.