By Iminza Keboge
Published February 8, 2018
Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita are set to release a music album worldwide on April 27, 2018.
Aptly titled Soar and released on the bendigedig label, the album draws deep on the diverse traditions Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita who have over the past four years built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances. This multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians delivers what could be described as a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship.
Following the huge success of Clychau Dibon, Finch and Keita’s taward-winning debut album released in 2013, the release of Soar, their long-awaited second album, shall be followed by major UK tours in April and May 2018.
Soar, an eight-track album running 44 minutes and 54 seconds, takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3 000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, in an innate and epic journey of endurance.
Since the release of the award-winning Clychau Dibon, audiences all over the world have been captivated by their exhilarating live performances that can be described as entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal.
The duo has won fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year 2013 award for Clychau Dibon, Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration in the Songlines Magazine Awards 2014 prize, and has been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo and Best Traditional Track (for Les Bras De Mer).