Hypnotic Strings of Africa at A World in Trance 2019 in New York

Derek Gripper

A World in Trance 2019 will present the Hypnotic Strings of Africa on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Roulette in New York.

Derek Gripper’s investigation of Mali’s greatest instrumental virtuosos has produced a new form of classical guitar music out of one of Africa’s richest musical traditions. Derek, a guitar maestro from South Africa, wonderfully performs kora (21-string harp-lute) compositions on solo guitar, a feat which the renowned classical guitarist John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.”

Gripper’s entrancing guitar versions of Toumani Diabaté’s elaborate compositions for the 21-string West African kora are without precedent.  His recent work includes transcriptions and improvisations based on the work of other Malian composers and performers such as Ali Farka Touré, Ballaké Sissoko, Salif Keita and Fanta Sacko, as well as his own compositions based on the music of the Western Cape of South Africa. His recording, Libraries on Fire, explores kora duets on solo guitar.


Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Box office: 917-267-0363   roulette.org

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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