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Master Kora Performance - Sean Gaskell

The Marianna Black Library presents a special day of traditional African music with Master Kora player, Sean Gaskell, on Thursday, June 14th. Gaskell will offer two performances to the public that day: the first, at 4:00 pm, will be presented as a youth program and will include music, stories and a chance to see a kora up close.  The second performance will be at 7:00 pm, and will be offered to all ages.  During both performances Gaskell 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. 

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora.  The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s and feature traditional songs that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.  Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album 'Kora Music of West Africa' in 2012.  His primary teachers are Moriba Kuyateh and Malamini Jobarteh (passed in July 2013).  He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 4:00pm


Marianna Black Library

33 Fryemont St.
Bryson City NC

Telephone: 828-488-3030