Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: SUBA
Wednesday 17 November 2021
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Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese griot and master of the kora Seckou Keita return to Leeds with an inspirational set of new material written during lockdown, accompanied by Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.
The Atlantic Ocean separates Cuba and Senegal, the respective birthplaces of Sosa and Keita, a distance diminished by their shared ancestral connection to Africa. Their debut album Transparent Water (2017) was hailed as ‘beautiful, rhapsodic… spiritual’ (Songlines) and ‘mesmerising, evocative and sophisticated’ (World Music Central).
Recorded during lockdown and released in October 2021, Sosa and Keita’s second album SUBA is a hymn to hope, to a new dawn of compassion and real change in a post-pandemic world.
“Life is not always like this but tonight, for a couple of hours at least, it is such a beautiful thing”
– God is in the TV (on the trio’s last visit to the Howard Assembly Room)
★★★★ “Sosa and Keita deliver a work that variously ebbs, flows and sparkles”
“a powerfully elegant statement of joy over shared musical discovery”
★★★★“a pure expression of joy, emitting rays of light through sound”