The Mysterious Music of the 21-Stringed Kora

October 13, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Musician Sean Gaskell joins us in October to perform traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African Kora.  The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.  All-ages are welcome!

More about our presenter
Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Sean loves sharing his passion for the kora, and will walk us through the features and playing techniques of this unique instrument. He has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

Sean Gaskell-

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