Posts Tagged ‘Omar Sosa’

Turner Sims announce World Music series

Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté, Morgenland Festival 2016-©Andy Spyr::Morgenland Festival Osnabrück-Free1

Fifty years ago the University of Southampton was bequeathed with a generous donation intended to support musical practice in the city.

The beautifully ornate Turner Sims hall – named after its benefactor Miss Margaret Grassam Sims – opened in 1974 and is now established as a premiere performance venue in the South of England.

This year’s Autumn season is of particular interest with a special world music series that features Irish quartet Lankum, Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his compatriot Toumani Diabaté who will perform as part of a duo with kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor.

A similarly enticing prospect is a joint performance from Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in support of their new record Transparent Water. They will be joined by Afro-Venezuealan percussionist Gustavo Oyalles – who contributed featured on the album – for an exploration of polyrhythms and improvisatory craft, teasing out the overlap between West African and Latin American musical practice.

Here is the complete list of dates for the series:

Lankum – October 14

Habib Koité – October 20

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present Transparent Water – November 9

Toumani Diabaté and Kayhan Kalhor – November 21

Värttinä – December 8

More information (including ticketing) is available on the Turner Sims website.

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New album from Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita out now

Posted on February 24th, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .


Photo by Alicia Carrera

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita release Transparent Water

February 24 marks the arrival of a much-anticipated collaboration between seven-time Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora master and Songlines award-winner, Seckou Keita. Their new album Transparent Water grew from a chance musical encounter in London in 2012, as Omar made an impromptu addition to a date shared by Seckou and drummer Marque Gilmore. As a result of busy touring and recording schedules, a year later Omar and Seckou finally entered the Fattoria Musica studio in Osnabrück, Germany to lay down the core tracks.

A veritable array of other musical contributions also features on the album. Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble member and sheng master Wu Tong recorded sheng and bawu in Beijing, and Omar also enlisted the creative voice of Paris-based koto artist Mieko Miyazaki. Native Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles brings the polyrhythmic spirit of the African diaspora to the project.

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita will tour France in March 2017, followed by a tour of the UK in November, dates of which will be announced in early 2017. 

Order the new album today.

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