• St Mary's Church (map)
  • Church End
  • London, England, E17 9RJ
  • United Kingdom

Seckou Keita

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 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, Youssou N'Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

His last two albums Miro and The Silimbo Passage hit No.1 in the European world music charts, and Clychau Dibon, the fruit of his collaboration with 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.

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician. This, his latest 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 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.

 

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Holly Holden

Holly Holden

Holly Holden y Su Banda are a London-based three piece that blend bitter-sweet pop tunes with Caribbean rhythms in a deliciously danceable fusion they call Tropical Soul.

Sassy bassist front woman Holly seduces with Spanglish love songs, accompanied by innovative New York drummer Dave who makes the kit sound like a full percussion section, and Frank who plays both rhythm guitar and knocks out the odd mind-melting solo. 

Drawing on eclectic influences, including reggae, rocksteady, cumbia, bachata and soul, this band have an irresistible sound that has had crowds dancing at international music festivals in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, in New York night clubs, at London’s best independent music venues and at festivals like Tropical Pressure and Green Man