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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Abel Selaocoe, Where is Home (Hae ke Kae)

Start, by listening.

Maybe that’s always a good idea, but it especially feels like the right thing to encourage you to do in this case. Before you even know the music or the musician, Abel Selaocoe’s music-making just draws you in.

It’s the sound of this music that first caught the attention of WXXI Classical midday host Steve Johnson somewhere in the tides of social media, and then the attention of everyone he shared it with here at WXXI. I was thrilled to find that Selaocoe had an album to add to our library and share with you on the radio.

In this debut album “Where is Home (Hae Ke Kae),” music by Johann Sebastian Bach lives alongside traditional pieces from South Africa, with Selaocoe improvising as part of both his playing and singing.

The title of the album poses a question. Along with his musical response, Selaocoe says that:

“Home is the place that empowers you; it’s not only a geographical place but in people as well, where you can live a life of empowerment and not of oppression. I’ve learned to find my different homes through the cello.”

You’ll hear more of Selaocoe’s musical responses to these ideas over the next few weeks on WXXI Classical, as this thrilling new album is our CD Spotlight.

Mona Seghatoleslami is the Music Director, host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.