Transparent Water Trio is Omar Sosa, piano, vocals; Seckou Keita, Kora, lead vocals; and Gustavo Ovalles percussion, vocals.
Central to the compostitons was the interaction between Sosa and Keita. Both started studying music early in life and is felt in the structure of the music. At 8, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the conservatory in Camaguay, Cuba and later piano at the Escuela Nacional de Música. Seckou began absorbing kora in his home in Senegal, his mother family, the Cissokhos, are griot musicians. Their paths crossed on stage in London in 2012 and led to recording of “Transparent Water” in 2017. Ovalles, a Venezuelan, was included in the project and has also performed with Sosa. He added a percussive color from a variety of instruments that at one point had Sosa and Keita dancing and the audience on their feet clapping along.