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Brought to you in association with Live & Local, Touki is a tour de force in multi-instrumental musical exultation, during which the musicians joyously switch between koras, banjos, guitars, percussion and other instruments, deploying powerful beats, driving grooves, and silky that leap from East to West Africa and across to America. Who would have guessed that a chance encounter between buskers in the streets of Bath, England over a decade ago would lead to a new musical adventure? Amadou Diagne from Senegal and French-American Cory Seznec hit it off that Spring day, planting the seeds of a future collaboration in their minds. Life embarked them on different touki (signifying voyage in the Wolof language), but with the support of Arts Council of England and SACEM grants, Amadou and Cory have been able to see their seedling shoot up into the light. Rehearsals in Paris led to a recording at Real World Studios in Wiltshire. 13 tracks were recorded in two long studio days, followed by two additional days putting final touches on the album at producer Oscar Cainer?s studio in north London. The result is their beautiful debut album 'Right of Passage'. The influences are many, and rather than remaining in any one tradition, the Touki - the musical voyage itself - is the destination. 'Honey-smoked vocals ? Plaintive, acoustic and brimming with an unhurried assurance.' Jamie Renton, Roots Magazine 'A subtle and fresh fusion that is further boosted by Seznec?s voice, a dextrous, resonant drawl that brings out the colour of his songs.' Songlines 'A creole-swamp style that Alan Lomax would have loved.' UK Folk Radio Tickets ?12 Available from Spring Bank Arts Mon to Fri 9:30-12:30 01663 308202, on the door and online. Doors and Bar open at 7pm.

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