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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astar
  • ASIN: B00FOSH9UC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A stunning shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita. From Casamance in Senegal, Seckou Keita is both a member of the royal Keita dynasty from Mali(through his father) and a griot (through his mother s family, the Cissokhos, from Senegal). He has built a formidable reputation as an inspired exponent of the kora (The Guardian) and is a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma (Lucy Duran, Radio BBC3). One of the leaders of the newest generation of African traditional musicians, Seckou combines his own musical heritage with a willingness to embrace the traditional forms and instruments of other cultures. Harpist Catrin Finch is one of Wales leading international musical ambassadors, and one of the world's finest players of this most Welsh of instruments. The 'Queen of Harps', Catrin was Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales from 2000-2004. Her concert appearances with the world's top orchestras span the globe and she has worked alongside artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber. The harp occupies a vital place in the incredibly rich cultures of both Senegal and Wales. The West African harp the kora played by Seckou is made from a dried gourd and fishing line; the Welsh harp, played by Catrin, is one of the most iconic symbols of a nation steeped in music. Remarkably, both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, song and verse.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. C. SPENCER-SMITH on 13 Feb. 2014
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I was dismayed to find one review describing this album as ideal background music for a dinner party. It requires careful, fully attentive listening on a very high quality system to appreciate just what these two brilliant musicians are doing. Their unity is quite astonishing and transports you to a different sphere. This is music with the power to transform.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Fearnehough on 17 Oct. 2013
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Two people from different old races of people, meet and jam on, "ancient instruments".
They move from Welsh folk tunes to Senegalese tunes with ease and beauty.
Some are tunes from the 1600s Robert ap Huw manuscript, the African kora is believed to have been around since the 1500s and tunes have been handed down from Father to Son for generations
A brlliant album.
Buy it and relax to it, be moved.
Regards,
Bresail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Howard Wilkins on 2 Mar. 2014
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If you like traditional welsh folk harp music in the Catrin Finch style and the sound of the kora (African plucked string instrument) played by Seckou Keita you will love this CD. What makes this special is how Catrin and Seckou have assimilated each others musical tradition to produce a unique musical sound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Healy on 30 Nov. 2013
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The liner notes quite rightly make the point that this is not a "relaxation tape". I find the interplay between the two instruments so exciting that I find I can't relax at all while listening - but in a good way! One of the best musical "fusions" I think I've ever come across. Beautiful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RedcarJohn on 11 May 2014
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The blend of instruments and the complexity and subtlety of the playing are simply staggering. Although it could be used as pleasant background music, it deserves attentive listening in order to fully appreciate the magic and beauty of this unusual pairing. Hard to believe that anyone would not be delighted with this album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Allinson on 21 July 2014
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I think it is unusual for a classically trained musician to play folk or “ethnic” music with passion and conviction. The only other collaboration involving the kora and a traditional “Western” instrument I have listened to is that between Ballake Sissoko (kora) and Vincent Segal (cello). While their album Chamber Music is interesting and enjoyable, I find Clychau Dibon utterly captivating. The rhythmical repetitions and slow, ornamented melodies are hypnotically absorbing.

This music can be put on as relaxing sonic wallpaper, but that does not do it justice. I had the good fortune to see these two great musicians perform live at Folk By The Oak yesterday. Many, many people came down to the stage and stood in motionless and captivated silence as they watched the interplay and listened to waves of pure music. This is joyful music, yet it can be as demanding as you want it to be, depending on how deeply you let yourself be lost inside it.

Buy. Now!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Roy Tomkinson on 20 Oct. 2013
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I had the good fortune to attend their concert last year, a truly magical evening. Often concerts are better than cd's, but this is a wonderful cd capturing a live performance of two masters of their instruments totally in tune with each other. If you love beautiful happy music, buy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hugh T. Churchman on 19 Nov. 2013
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Excellent cd one of my favourites, it is beautifully produced, the 2 instruments compliment each other really well, nice one.
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