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South African cellist hits the Manchester stage

PASSION: Abel Selaocoe’s cello performance is pure energy

SOUTH AFRICAN cellist Abel Selaocoe has announced a series of performances with Manchester Collective and Africa Oyé is delighted to be bringing the show to Liverpool and Manchester in May.

His awe-inspiring performances fill the air with a fizzing energy and Manchester Collective, a not-for-profit arts organisation, which supports diverse music, is excited at the prospect of welcoming him as guest director for this project.

Manchester Collective co- founder and managing director, Adam Szabo, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Abel Selaocoe into the Manchester Collective family. He’s a phenomenal musician and communicator.

“Sirocco is probably the most joyful show we’ve ever produced and I know we’re going to have a blast touring it around the country.”

Joining Manchester Collective for this unique collaboration is Abel’s band, Chesaba, a trio specialising in the performance of music from the African continent. The programme covers everything from Giovanni Sollima’s inspired Lamentatio, in an outrageous virtuoso arrangement by Selaocoe, to Darkness and Light by Ravel and Haydn, a set of original African work performed for the first time, and two Danish folk songs to round off the night.

“This is a great storm of music that celebrates the incredible warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe. This is music for the people, by the people,” added Adam.

There will also be performances in Sheffield and London. Tickets can be purchased online at manchester-

Catch Sirocco at:
 The Chimney House, Sheffield,
May 3
 Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, May 4
 The Stoller Hall, Manchester, M

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