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“Gripper 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 Diabate 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.”
Gripper is then playing Sunday night at Presentation House Theatre.
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Prior to their performance at BlueShore Centre for Performing Arts, Paul Pigat & El Twanguero will be appearing at Highlife this Saturday Oct. 15th @2pm!
Come and listen to the guitar magic!
Longtime Highlife associate, CBC presenter and busy DJ, Marc Fournier, will be giving a multimedia presentation on longtime Highlife favourite Manu Chao on Friday Sep. 9th, 2016.
This promises to be a truly interesting evening. A look at this remarkable artist for fans, independent musicians, and socio-politically-active friends alike!
And it’s free!
Yes, we are loco.