Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita on UK Tour, November 2021.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Piano virtuoso Omar Sosa and kora master Seckou Keita celebrate the October 2021 release of their second CD, SUBA, by taking to the road in November on an eleven-date UK tour. Press release attached.
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OMAR SOSA & SECKOU KEITA announce SUBA UK tour in November 2021
Piano virtuoso Omar Sosa and kora master Seckou Keita celebrate the October 2021 release of their second CD, SUBA, by taking to the road in November on an eleven-date UK tour. The tour will be the first time the duo performs the album live and will also feature the inimitable Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.
The tour kicks off on 17 November at LEEDS Howard Assembly Room and then goes on to OXFORD SJE Arts (18), EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Queen Elizabeth Hall (19), CAERNARFON Galeri (20), MANCHESTER Stoller Hall (21), LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall (22), BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex (23), NOTTINGHAM Lakeside Arts (24), BRISTOL St George’s (25), CARDIGAN Mwldan (26) and SWANSEA Taliesin (27).
Tickets for all the shows are now on sale now direct from the tour venues.
Written and recorded in 2020 during the global lockdown, SUBA is a hymn to hope, to a new dawn of compassion and real change in a post-pandemic world, and a visceral reiteration of humanity’s perennial prayer for peace and unity.
The Atlantic Ocean separates Cuba and Senegal, the respective birthplaces of Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita, a distance diminished by their shared ancestral connection to Africa. When the pair first met in 2012, Seckou loved Omar for his musical spirituality, whilst Omar saw in Seckou a rare ability to collaborate but not lose his identity.
Sosa has released over 30 albums during an incredible career that has included nominations for seven Grammy or Latin Grammy awards, whilst Keita is a multi-award winner, most recently as the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year (2019).
SUBA means ‘sunrise’ in Mandinka, Keita’s native language, and sunrise is Seckou’s favourite time of day, a time of freshness and hope. “It was SUBA for many things”, says Seckou, “music, art, human beings, compassion, change.”
For Omar, the album is a heartfelt reiteration of humanity’s oldest prayer: “The concept of the record is peace, hope and unity. We try to give hope through music and tell people that we can be together.”
The eleven tracks that comprise SUBA are linked by common themes that are woven throughout the recording: the tracks tell of friendship and spiritual connection, of travel and loss, of hope and optimism, of dancing and the sea… and, of course, of a new sunrise.
SUBA is the sound of two musicians from disparate continents and traditions, coming together and really gelling. Their UK tour in November offers a rare type of musical magic. Between Africa and Cuba, a vast expanse of ocean. The kora scatters handfuls of light on the waves, the piano ploughs its furrow. Here, there, the dignity of a mellow, unhurried grace. Eyes shielded in a new morning. A new dawn. A new day.
The Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita UK tour is produced by Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales UK.
SUBA is written and performed by Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita, and produced by Omar Sosa, Seckou Keita and Steve Argüelles. SUBA is released worldwide on 22 October 2021 in CD and digital formats on the bendigedig label.
SUBA is released on bendigedig (pronounced bendi-ged-ig), a label owned and managed in common partnership between Theatr Mwldan and ARC Music Productions International Ltd.