16 Jun 2018

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

From RNZ Music, 3:00 pm on 16 June 2018
Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch

Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch Photo: supplied

Welsh classical harpist Catrin Finch and virtuosic Senegalese Kora player Seckou Keita have just released their second collaboration.

It’s called Soar; the name was inspired by the osprey bird which migrates annually from the West Coast of Wales to Senegal, a similar journey to the one Keita has taken.

Both musicians share a cultural history that values the importance of oral tradition, and of course the harp and the kora come from the same stringed family … 69 strings between them make for some beautiful music that has seen the duo pack out Concert halls in Europe and the UK and the album went to number 1 on the Trans Global Music Charts.

Trevor Reekie introduces us to the duo, and the album which is already at the top of international charts.