Abel’s Jazz Takeover
'The young South African musician reinvents the cello with a stirring combination of vocal and instrumental talent'
In a streamed concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra, cellist Abel Selaocoe takes us across the African continent via Barak Schmool’s 20th Meridian.
The 20th meridian east of Greenwich divides Africa almost exactly down the middle.
Schmool took inspiration from this line of longitude to create an eight-movement work that honours Africa’s musical heritage.
Schmool wrote the work for performance by the South African cellist and his trio, Chesaba.
The work is presented here alongside works by Southbank Centre Associate Artist Bryce Dessner and contemporary composer Tarik O’Regan.
This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.
- BBC Concert Orchestra
- Clark Rundell conductor
- Abel Selaocoe cello, voice
- Sidiki Dembélé kora, percussion, voice
- Alan Keary bass guitar, voice
- Toumani Diabaté: Manchester arr. Ian Gardiner
- Traditional: Kaira arr. Ali Farka Toué & Toumani Diabaté & Ian Gardiner
- Barak Schmool: 20th Meridian (African Cello Concerto)
- Abel Selaocoe: Vukani Bo!
- Sidiki Dembélé: Kole
- Tarik O'Regan: Raï for ensemble
- Traditional: Shaka arr. Sidiki Dembélé & Ian Gardiner; Ka Bohaleng arr. Abel Selaocoe, Peter Riley & Ian Gardiner
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This concert is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer on Friday 20 November and is available for 30 days on BBC Sounds and one year on BBC iPlayer.
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