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Experience great Malian kora works transcribed and performed by a deeply sensitive and virtuosic classical guitarist.
South African guitarist Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session, the album magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora compositions (21 string harp) on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” When kora maestro Toumani Diabaté heard these recordings he asked his producer, Lucy Duran, to confirm that she had actually seen one person play this music on just one guitar. He immediately invited Derek to collaborate with him in Mali, an invitation which saw Derek performing at the Acoustik Festival Bamako in early 2016, the first international festival held in Mali since 2012. The U.K.’s top world music publication, Songlines, called One Night on Earth ”a staggering achievement,” and selected the recording as a Top of the World album in 2013.
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White Light Festival Packages
are now on sale at whitelightfestival.org
Single tickets on sale to general public on June 28
Thu, Jun 22
7:30 pm FreeNo Tickets Required
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