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* Princess Pavilion: Seckou Keita Quintet plays Princess Pavilion
Posted Sep 16, 2009 - 04:16 PM
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Events This is not world music; it is music for the world...

Virtuoso Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and his international quintet are to play at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth on Friday 25 September. The tag line “This is not world music; it is music for the world” gives you some clue as to the diversity of styles and backgrounds of the five uniquely gifted musicians which make up the group, led by Keita who has himself been called ‘the Hendrix of the Kora’.

The quintet can not be confined to any one genre, instead dipping comfortably in and out of jazz, classical and Flamenco, with more than an occasional hint of rock and reggae. They take us on a musical journey of imagination and human emotions with their superb musicianship, dexterity and diversity and never fail to impress.

With band members from Egypt, Italy and the Gambia, featuring double bass/electric bass from Davide Mantovani, eclectic percussions from Surahata Susso, the distinguished violin of Samy Bishai and the enchanting voice of the gracious Binta Susso layered with the experimental tunings of Keitas’ kora (an African harp), one of their shows is at best a life-changing experience. That aside, the combined sounds are beautiful, captivating and harmonious and take the use of the Kora to new heights – the Quintet has fashioned a new style resulting in cutting-edge performances.

What continues to set this band apart is their powerful presence on stage and how well they gel together visually, sonically and spiritually. This is not surprising considering their latest album “The Silimbo Passage” continues to receive critical acclaim from press and media. But it is really the result of continuous hard work with over 350 shows in 20 countries, perfecting their musical rapport into an “infectious live experience”.

"Intriguing" - Guardian
A “Gem” - Jazzwise
“Kora that rocks” - Montreal Gazette

The Seckou Keita Quintet will perform at the Princess Pavilion on Friday 25 September. The show starts at 8.30pm and tickets are £12 in advance (£14 on the door).

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