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Abel Selaocoe

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Reviving live music: South African cellist Abel Selaocoe

The Cultural Frontline

As pandemic restrictions ease in different countries, musicians from across the world discuss how performing live gives them a special connection with audiences.Cellist and singer Abel Selaocoe talks about his Proms concert, called Africa Meets Europe, coming up in London in August – and how he first got involved in music as a boy in Sebokeng, South Africa. Egyptian-Australian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros shares how he’s tried to maintain contact with his fans despite lockdown. His latest album is called Hope In An Empty City.Sudanese jazz musician and radio presenter Islam Elbeiti tells how being a female bass player appearing on stage can be challenging in a conservative society.And Israeli musician Kutiman shares three lessons he’s learned about reinventing his art in isolation. His single, Guruji, is out in August.Presenter: Chi Chi IzunduProducers: Paul Waters, Kirsty McQuire & Olivia Skinner(Photo: Abel Selaocoe. Credit: Mlungisi Mlungwana)


31 Jul 2021

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Abel Selaocoe, Billie Holiday, Edoardo Ponti on Sophia Loren

Front Row

The cellist and singer Abel Selaocoe grew up in a township in the south of Johannesburg and creates music that draws on classical, African and contemporary music. He talks to Samira about As You Are, the music he’s composed for Opera North’s sound-walks in Leeds and about the celebration of music from Africa which he’s leading in collaboration with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at this year's London Jazz Festival. At the age of 86, film legend Sophia Loren stars in her first film in almost a decade, The Life Ahead. Directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, she plays a former sex worker who looks after a Senegalese migrant boy. Edoardo talks to Samira about directing his mother sixty years after she won a Best Actress Oscar for Two Women.Billie is a new online documentary about the jazz singer Billie Holiday which uses material collected by the journalist Linda Kipnack Kuehl: archive, colourisation techniques and previously unheard recordings of interviews with people who knew her. Tega Okiti reviews.Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Hilary Dunn


10 Nov 2020

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Abel Selaocoe: Ulibambe

Thinking with Opera / Walking Home

The South African cellist and composer’s lockdown base in the Peak District inspired this work, which is intended to accompany a walk at the day’s end. “The title comes from a Zulu saying meaning ‘Hold the sun, so it may not set’”, he explains. “In this piece of music the phrase takes on a new meaning and becomes a way to soothe your worries towards the end of the day: we often over-fill our day and feel overwhelmed, but instead we can live and work by embracing our instincts and knowing when we have done enough, or when there is a need for change.” Walking Home is a series of sound journeys created to be listened to on headphones whilst walking. The five works were composed and recorded during lockdown for BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s Culture in Quarantine programme. Composed and performed by Abel Selaocoe Poem: Duende’s Nature Dance (for Abel Selaocoe) by Eugene Skeef Mixing and mastering by Calum Malcolm


13 Aug 2020

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Abel Selaocoe on Max Reinhardt's Late Lunch

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29 May 2020

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Jess Gillam with... Abel Selaocoe

This Classical Life

Jess is joined by the cellist Abel Selaocoe, a member of the Manchester Collective whose performances take in everything from chamber music to beatboxing. He and share tracks including a radical interpretation of Biber's Battalia and another war-themed piece in Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, symphonies by Mozart and Penderecki, plus music by John Adams and the Youngblood Brass Band.


2 Nov 2019