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AKA Trio Tops the July 2019 Transglobal World MusiC Chart

The album Joy y by AKA Trio is the number one recording in July at the Transglobal World Music Chart. AKA Trio is a collaboration between guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione (Italy), kora master Seckou Keita (Senegal) and skilled percussionist Adriano Adewale.

AKA Trio – Joy

The complete list:

  1. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  2. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  3. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  4. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  5. Angelique Kidjo – Celia – Verve / Universal Music France
  6. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  7. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  8. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World
  9. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  10. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá – De Palenque à Matongé – Zephyrus
  11. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  12. Vassvik – Gákti – Heilo / Grappa Musikkforlag
  13. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  14. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  15. Söndörgő – Nyolc 8 Nyolc – SNDRG Music
  16. Park Jiha – Philos – Tak:til / Glitterbeat
  17. Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna – Clermont Music
  18. Yapunto – Yapunto – Yapunto
  19. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  20. Black Flower – Future Flora – Sdban Ultra

More at www.transglobalwmc.com


Artist Profiles: AKA Trio

AKA Trio

AKA Trio is a music ensemble that brings together three skilled musicians: Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione, kora master Seckou Keita and Brazilian percussion wizard Adriano Adewale.

AKA Trio’s style combines Mediterranean, Senegalese, Brazilian, and jazz influences.

The trio released its debut album titled Joy (Bendigedig, May 2019) on May 24th, 2019 on the bendigedig label.


Joy  (Bendigedig, May 2019)


Playful Guitar, Vocals and Kora

AKA Trio – Joy  (Bendigedig, May 2019)

AKA Trio, an international collaboration featuring Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione, Senegalese kora player and lead vocalist Seckou Keita and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale has released a spirited album titled Joy.

AKA Trio – Joy

Joy is pure delight, a captivating melodic mix of West African, Mediterranean, blues, jams and global rhythms. Throughout the album, the kora and the guitar dance masterfully around each other, supported by exquisite subtle percussion.

Buy Joy

headline photo: AKA Trio by Anna Kunst


Artist Profiles: Antonio Forcione

Antonio Forcione

England based Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione has developed a dynamic and original blend of gypsy, folk, flamenco, jazz, Indian and Latin sounds.

He has recorded many albums of predominantly original material with companies such as Virgin Venture, Jazzpoint, Naim and K-Tel International, with guest artists such as Trilok Gurtu and Kai Eckhardt. Several of these have hit the top 10 of various European Jazz Charts such as Jazz FM, MTV, Tower Records and others.

Forcione has shared the stage with John McLaughlin and opened, often solo, for others such as Phil Collins at the Royal Festival Hall, Bobby McFerrin in Germany, Zucchero in Austria, Van Morrison in Madrid, Barclay James Harvest and Jools Holland.

Antonio Forcione was awarded the Covent Garden Entertainer of the Year in 1983 when he first arrived in England which led straight to a BBC TV appearance. Since then the Arts Council of Great Britain have granted him project awards

In 2001 at the Edinburgh Festival he won the ‘Best Spirit of the Fringe 2001’ Award

In 2002 he won the Award for Excellence at Adelaide Festival 2002.

In 2003, he released Touch Wood, his first recording with his World Music Quartet, featuring Jenny Adegayan (Nigeria), Adriano Pinto (Brazil) and Giorgi Serci (Sardinia).

His first recordings were as a duo with Spanish musician Eduardo Niebla. He has performed or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Phil Collins, Jools Holland, Zucchero, Pino Daniele, Charlie Haden, John McLaughlin, Trilok Gurtu, Steps Ahead, Leo Kottke, and Biréli Lagrène.

AKA Trio – Joy

Forcione formed a group called AKA Trio together with Senegalese kora maestro and singer Seckou Keita and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. They released an album titled Joy in 2019.


Light & Shade ‎(Sol International Records, 1984)
Eurotour 84 (Sol International Records, 1985)
Celebration (Virgin Records Venture, 1987)
Poema ‎(Jazzpoint Records, 1992)
Dedicato (Naim, 1996
Acoustic Revenge (Naim, 1993
Live at Edinburgh Festival (1993)
Dedicato (Naim, 1996)
Meet Me In London (Naim, 1998)
Ghetto Paradise (Naim, 1998)
Vento Del Sud ‎(Naim, 2000)
Live! ‎(Naim, 2000)
Touch Wood (Naim, 2003)
Tears Of Joy (Naim, 2005)
Heartplay (Naim, 2006)
Sketches Of Africa ‎(Antastic, 2012)
Compared To What (Antastic, 2016)
Joy, with AKA Trio  (Bendigedig, May 2019)


Live! (Inspiration) (2000)
Antonio Forcione Quartet in Concert (2005)


Magnificent Timple, Guitar, Kora and Mandolin Performances by the Oslava River

Various Artists – Strunk Nad Oslavou – Strings over the Oslava River 2016 (Indies Scope, 2017)

In 2016, violinist Jitka Šuranská brought together an ensemble of string instrument maestros from various countries, representing diverse traditions. The concert at Festivalu Folkové prázdniny (Festival Folk Holidays) in Náměšť nad Oslavou by the Oslava River in 2016 was recorded and released under the title Strunk Nad Oslavou – Strings over the Oslava River 2016.

The festival team invited Germán López, one of the leading timple (a small Spanish guitar from the Canary Islands) players in the Canary Islands, Spain; talented guitarist Antonio Forcione from Italy; Senegalese kora virtuoso Seckou Keita; and Czech mandolin maestro Martin Krajíček.

The headliner quartet was enhanced with the addition of Spanish guitarist Antonio Toledo, violinist Juraj Stieranka, bass player Juraj Valencik from Slovakia, mandolinist Wolfgang Meyering and Jitka Šuranská on vocals.

The concert program included a set where each musician took the lead and then various pieces where the full ensemble played together. The result is a wonderful mix of solo work, dazzling interplay and superb ensemble creations. The musical influences include traditional folk music from the Canary Islands, Senegalese music, Czech folk tunes and world fusion, where various genres met and delivered a deeply satisfying mix.

The CD version includes a booklet with photos, liner notes and biographical profiles of the musicians in Czech and English.

Strunk Nad Oslavou – Strings over the Oslava River 2016 is an extraordinarily expressive album featuring superb timple, guitar, kora and mandolin performances.