Preview: Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita UK-Tour (UK-wide, 8th to 21st November 2017)

Omar sosa & Seckou Keita (c) Alicia Carrera

There’s no doubt that Senegalese and Cuban music are threaded together, being intertwined by an entangled knot that goes back generations. There’s no better evidence of this than in the two countries’ music.

It’s not by chance that one of the best albums released in 2017 is Transparent Water: a collaboration between Senegalese griot and kora player Seckou Keita and Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa – enriched with some outstanding guest musicians from all over the world.

The EFG London Jazz Festival organisers have surely listened to Transparent Water and, just like us, fell in love with it and the absolute harmony between the two traditions. So much so that on the 19th of November, the musicians will visit London to uplift Milton Court’s audience and reaffirm the Afro-Cuban cultural bond.

If you’re not based in the capital, don’t despair, because next to their London show, Omar and Seckou (accompanied by Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles) will give life to a 13-leg UK tour…

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