Abel Selaocoe, Seckou Keita & Chineke! Orchestra

Friday 12th May 2023

Abel Selaocoe and Seckou Keita join compositional forces for the first time to write a new concerto for cello, kora and orchestra.


The new concerto – the first of its kind – merges the sound-worlds of Western Africa, Southern Africa and Europe, immersing the listener in an exploration of the interplay and soundscapes between the cello and kora.

Selaocoe and Keita have collaborated as performers to critical acclaim and this new concerto draws on many inspirations and traditions in their writing, from Selaocoe’s South African roots and Keita’s immersion in the kora tradition of southern Senegal.

Seloacoe/Keita’s Double Concerto is co-commissioned by Orchestre national de Bretagne, Ulster Orchestra and the Southbank Centre

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