South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is a rapidly rising star who is redefining the parameters of the cello. He moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers to concertos and solo performances.
Abel is devoted to composing works and curating programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, broadening the horizons of classical music to reach a more diverse audience.
Abel writes about his concert at The Stables...
Hae Ke Kae ( Where is home)
"A music that is about learning to understand different ways we seek refuge, not always a place of comfort but one of empowerment that allows potential to live a fulfilled life. Understanding that our respective homes lie not only in the geographical spaces but spiritual spaces, our habits, people we choose to be around, communal ceremony, understanding process of searching and new worlds we enter as we leave our places of origin.
Drawing from my personal elements of South African culture full of song. 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 of African strings instruments such as the Uhadi from Southern Africa, Sekhankhula from Lesotho and Zeze from Tanzania.
Going on to weave connecting threads between baroque music and South African hymnal song that took this sound world through its colonial past. Celebrating my environment that allows a deep religious and cultural practice while learning Bach cello suites and hearing the same melodies I practice through African voices of family who interpret the music in the way which they hear it. The Improvisational nature of these two cultures allow a freedom that leaves labels of genre behind, revealing a story told about finding your place of empowerment: home with expressions of different dialects."