Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita continue their celebration and exploration of the remarkable affinities between the Welsh harp and the West African kora. 

First introduced in March 2012, this opportune meeting of musical talents has produced a collaboration of great potency and depth, and after over 100 concerts worldwide, their artistic compatibility shows no sign of abating. 

Impossible to pigeon-hole, their sublime music blurs the boundaries between world music, classical, folk and traditional genres, leaping over cultural barriers and roaming in borderless musical territory.

Catrin and Seckou's album SOAR recently won the fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year 2018. This award is voted by 200+ critics, artists and industry people from across the folk, traditional and world music sector, and previous winners include the likes of The Bueno Vista Social Club, Youssou n’Dour, Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy, Stick in the Wheel, Sam Lee and Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet. Find out more about the award here

This is the second time the duo have won this award (they won the fRoots Critics Poll Award back in 2013 for their debut album 'Clychau Dibon'). There will be a full feature in the new edition of fRoots which comes out on 11th December, and this edition will also feature an advert for the 2019 dates (those who were happy to be included at this stage).

It was also announced that SOAR came No.3 overall in the World Music Charts Europe Albums of 2018 (out of 748 eligible releases) as voted by industry critics across Europe, and has also made the following:

  • Songlines Top Ten World Music Album's of the Year 2018
  • MOJO's Top Ten World Music Album's of 2018
  •  nominated for the Welsh Prize 2018

Catrin & Seckou have this year scored the theme music for BBC Radio 4 podcast The Ratline with Philippe Sands, Stephen Fry and Laura Linney, broadcast in October 2018 which has now become one of BBC R4's most successful podcasts ever, with 1.45 million listeners in October alone.

Take a listen to the podcast featuring their breathtaking music here.

'Clarach' - Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

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The Osprey migrates between West Africa and Wales – harpists Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita join its journey on their exultant, mesmeric second album, SOAR.
**** Neil Spencer, THE OBSERVER
They are now one of the most popular world music acts of this decade.
Tim Cumming, SONGLINES
an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together
***** Robin Denselow, THE GUARDIAN (Live review, Union Chapel, 12 May 2018)