Having so enjoyed working with Senegalese kora master and musical genius Seckou Keita through our commission Spell Songs, we travelled eagerly to Bristol in 2019 to see him perform as part of AKA Trio, a joyful gathering of 3 exceptionally talented musicians who, after 10 years of performing together, had finally released their aptly named first album ‘JOY’.
Thanks to the combined musical mastery of Seckou, Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale, we were treated to a performance rich in seamlessly woven interlocking rhythms and mellifluous melodies, layered with the palpable joy of a friendship spanning 3 continents, cultures, languages and musical traditions.
Italian guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione has been travelling the world for over two decades, releasing twenty albums and collaborating with many major artists along the way, including such names as Charlie Haden, Trilok Gurtu, Angelique Kidjo and the Bulgarian Voices, amongst many others.
Seckou Keita hails from Senegal and is one of the world’s foremost kora players, involved in many international projects including his ground-breaking duo with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, his Transparent Water project with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and of course his collaboration with the likes of Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and Kris Drever as part of the Spell Songs ensemble.
Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale has collaborated with Bobby McFerrin, Joanna McGregor and Benjamin Taubkin and has composed music for orchestras and dance theatre.
We are over the moon that we will be celebrating their joyful, uplifting and life-affirming musical creations with you at Folk by the Oak!
AKA Trio is a Mwldan Production
Photography by Ann Kunst
“a palpable sense of rapport and delight in their music-making...leaving the audience clearly exhilarated”- The Scotsman -
"...AKA Trio make music that transcends is constituent parts and even though their individual cultural references are discernible, the result is something new and exciting."- 5* Dave Haslam, RNR -
"free-flowing songs and instrumentals dazzle with a rich musical, almost monastic, minimalism where less actually does mean more"- 5* Michal Boncza, Morning Star -
“a thrilling and joyous coming together of three distinctive musical personalities”- Nigel Williamson, Songlines -