Sands Films Music Room presents Where is Home (Hae Ke Kae)
Saturday 6 August 2022 | 20:00 – 22:00
Sands Films Studio, 82 Saint Marychurch Street, London SE16 4HZ
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ABOUT ABEL SELAOCOE
Abel Selaocoe, cellist and musical innovator, explores the meaning of home, drawing on diverse influences from across Southern Africa and the Baroque era.
At its heart is a music that is about learning to understand the different ways we seek refuge, and how this is not always a place of comfort, but one of empowerment and the potential to live a fulfilled life.
It’s also a music which understands that our homes exist not just in geographical spaces, but also in spiritual ones, in our habits, in the people we choose to be around, and in communal ceremonies.
It draws on elements of South African culture personal to Selaocoe.
‘From spoken word and deep voices of Makoloane (boys of age from Lesotho and South Africa going through initiation school) to Tswana rhythmic dances with foot stomps, and taking inspiration from African string instruments such as the uhadi from Southern Africa, sekhankhula from Lesotho and zeze from Tanzania,’ he says, ‘going on to weave connecting threads between Baroque music and South African hymnal song that took this sound world through its colonial past.’
The result is something which celebrates an environment which, Selaocoe says, allowed ‘a deep religious and cultural practice while learning Bach cello suites and hearing the same melodies I practised through African voices of family who interpret the music in the way which they hear it’.
Both cultures have an improvisational nature which allows a freedom that leaves labels of genre behind, revealing a story about finding your place of empowerment: home with expressions of different dialects.
Full Line up:
- Abel Selaocoe, cello and vocals
- Fred Thomas, piano
- Alan Keary, bass
- Sidiki Dembélé, African percussion
Programme to include:
- Abel Selaocoe:
- Ibuyile I’Africa – Africa is Back
- Ka Bohaleng – On the Sharp Side
- Zawose (for Hukwe Zawose)
- Lerato – Love
- Ancestral Affirmations
- Giovanni Benedetto Platti:
- Cello Sonata Nr. 7 D major, I. 84
- J.S. Bach:
- Cello Suite Nr. 3 C-major, BWV 1009 – IV. Sarabande
- Cello Suite Nr. 5 c-minor, BWV 1011 – IV. Sarabande
The performance will take place at the Studio main stage / Recording studio main stage for live events and video recording
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ABOUT SANDS FILMS MUSIC ROOM
Sands Films is a production space and recording studio. The Music Room concerts are delivered to a small in-person audience and live, online. We never charge for delivering art and culture: our events are free to access to all. However, we do rely on a certain amount of donation so we can pay technicians and musicians. Sands Films is a London Living wages employer and we pride ourselves to be a sustainable business. The voluntary support of our audience is essential.
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