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The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a musical concert featuring Sean Gaskell on Thursday, October 1st at 6 PM in the Community Room. This program is free of charge.

Sean Gaskell will give a performance on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras 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 rending 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.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, please call the library at (828) 586-2016. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library.