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Abel Selaocoe|Where is Home / Hae ke Kae

Where is Home / Hae ke Kae

Abel Selaocoe

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Home, for cellist Abel Selaocoe, is Sebokeng, a township to the south of Johannesburg, South Africa. But home means many things for Selaocoe, whether it's a physical location, such as Africa or Manchester (where he now resides), or the emotion of it that his cello provides. Selaocoe explores this abstract sense of home with his debut album Where is Home / Ha ke Kae, providing us with the results through his extraordinary musical gift. 


"As an African cellist, I've always been looking for a home. But home is not a geographical space, it's the places in life that empower you—and these are not always comfortable," Selaocoe said in an interview with The Guardian.


Abel Selaocoe is not just a cellist, but a musical innovator. Where is Home / Ha ke Kae, draws on influences from every direction, from his birthplace to the musical haven that he found in works from the Baroque period. Selaocoe takes two forms of improvisational music—traditional African and Baroque compositions by Bach and Platti—and seamlessly blends them.  There are also two beautiful solo moments that explore the sonic complexity of Selaocoe's voice and his instrument.
The whole album is just pure joy, from the moving arrangements of traditional African songs (the highlight being "Zawose (for Hukwe Zawose)" among many others) that feature cello melodies as well as Selaocoe's vocals, to the simply stunning and inventive renditions of the all-too-famous Cello Suites by Bach (specifically "Suites 3 and 5").  A peak moment is Selaocoe's arrangement of Platti's "Sonata No.7: I. Adagio", which puts aside the Baroque tradition of solo and continuo (usually another cello, harpsichord or lute) and instead incorporates baroque theorbo, double bass and the traditional West African kora—whose extensive improvisational lines blend sublimely with the organic improvisational nature of Baroque music. 


Without a doubt, Abel Selaocoe is one of the brightest stars in the musical world right now and will undoubtedly shape the future of classical music to come. The perfect Qobuzissime! © Jessica Porter-Langson / Qobuz 

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1
Ibuyile I'Africa / Africa is Back
00:06:15

Yo-Yo Ma, Cello, FeaturedArtist - Max Baillie, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Simran Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Alice Zawadzki, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Cherise Adams-Burnett, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Colin Alexander, Cello, FeaturedArtist - Thandanani Gumede, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Dipolelo/ Recite
00:00:45

Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Zawose (for Hukwe Zawose)
00:05:03

Max Baillie, Viola, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Simran Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Alan Keary, Electric Bass, FeaturedArtist - Mamadou Sarr, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Alice Zawadzki, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Cherise Adams-Burnett, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Sidiki Dembélé, FeaturedArtist, Djembe, Calabash - Colin Alexander, Cello, FeaturedArtist - Thandanani Gumede, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Cello Sonata No. 7 in D Major, I. 84: I. Adagio
00:03:32

Giovanni Benedetto Platti , Composer - Elizabeth Kenny, Theorbo, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Kadialy Kouyaté, Lute, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Cello Sonata No. 7 in D Major, I. 84: II. Allegro
00:02:19

Giovanni Benedetto Platti , Composer - Elizabeth Kenny, Theorbo, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Kadialy Kouyaté, Lute, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Cello Sonata No. 7 in D Major, I. 84: III. Largho
00:02:57

Giovanni Benedetto Platti , Composer - Elizabeth Kenny, Theorbo, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Cello Sonata No. 7 in D Major, I. 84: IV. Presto
00:01:28

Giovanni Benedetto Platti , Composer - Elizabeth Kenny, Theorbo, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Kadialy Kouyaté, Lute, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Qhawe / Hero
00:05:45

Rakhi Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Ruth Gibson, Viola, FeaturedArtist - Simran Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Alan Keary, Electric Bass, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Sidiki Dembélé, FeaturedArtist, Calabash

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Hlokomela / Take care
00:04:34

Fred Thomas, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Alan Keary, Electric Bass, FeaturedArtist - Alice Zawadzki, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Sidiki Dembélé, FeaturedArtist, Calabash

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Lerato / Love
00:04:21

Max Baillie, Viola, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Simran Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Alan Keary, Electric Bass, FeaturedArtist - Mamadou Sarr, Congas, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Sidiki Dembélé, FeaturedArtist, Calabash - Colin Alexander, Cello, FeaturedArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Seipone / Mirror
00:03:22

Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande
00:03:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Abel Selaocoe, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Invocation
00:00:46

Rakhi Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Ruth Gibson, Viola, FeaturedArtist - Simran Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Alan Keary, Electric Bass, FeaturedArtist - Mamadou Sarr, Drums, Congas, FeaturedArtist - Alice Zawadzki, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Sidiki Dembélé, FeaturedArtist, Djembe, Calabash

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Ka Bohaleng / On the Sharp Side
00:03:59

Rakhi Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Fred Thomas, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Ruth Gibson, Viola, FeaturedArtist - Simran Singh, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Alan Keary, Electric Bass, FeaturedArtist - Mamadou Sarr, Drums, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Alice Zawadzki, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - Sidiki Dembélé, FeaturedArtist, Djembe, Calabash

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande
00:01:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Abel Selaocoe, Cello, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Ancestral Affirmations
00:05:00

Fred Thomas, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Abel Selaocoe, Composer, Cello, Vocals, MainArtist - The Selaocoe Family, Vocal Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Home, for cellist Abel Selaocoe, is Sebokeng, a township to the south of Johannesburg, South Africa. But home means many things for Selaocoe, whether it's a physical location, such as Africa or Manchester (where he now resides), or the emotion of it that his cello provides. Selaocoe explores this abstract sense of home with his debut album Where is Home / Ha ke Kae, providing us with the results through his extraordinary musical gift. 


"As an African cellist, I've always been looking for a home. But home is not a geographical space, it's the places in life that empower you—and these are not always comfortable," Selaocoe said in an interview with The Guardian.


Abel Selaocoe is not just a cellist, but a musical innovator. Where is Home / Ha ke Kae, draws on influences from every direction, from his birthplace to the musical haven that he found in works from the Baroque period. Selaocoe takes two forms of improvisational music—traditional African and Baroque compositions by Bach and Platti—and seamlessly blends them.  There are also two beautiful solo moments that explore the sonic complexity of Selaocoe's voice and his instrument.
The whole album is just pure joy, from the moving arrangements of traditional African songs (the highlight being "Zawose (for Hukwe Zawose)" among many others) that feature cello melodies as well as Selaocoe's vocals, to the simply stunning and inventive renditions of the all-too-famous Cello Suites by Bach (specifically "Suites 3 and 5").  A peak moment is Selaocoe's arrangement of Platti's "Sonata No.7: I. Adagio", which puts aside the Baroque tradition of solo and continuo (usually another cello, harpsichord or lute) and instead incorporates baroque theorbo, double bass and the traditional West African kora—whose extensive improvisational lines blend sublimely with the organic improvisational nature of Baroque music. 


Without a doubt, Abel Selaocoe is one of the brightest stars in the musical world right now and will undoubtedly shape the future of classical music to come. The perfect Qobuzissime! © Jessica Porter-Langson / Qobuz 

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