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cd cover Tunde Jegede and Derek Gripper
Mali in Oak (Globe Music)
cdRoots Code: nax-gm003

British kora and cello player Jegede and South African guitarist Gripper join together to explore the music of Mali in a unique set of their own arrangments of the tradition, as well as original compositions. The tracks include duets, and solos byu each artist.

Recorded at the Globe Theater (as in, Shakespeare’s Globe), the sound is gorgeous, the music superb, and the musicianship of the highest level.

   

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More info:
Tunde Jegede is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who is uniquely placed between the worlds of Contemporary Classical, African and Pop music. He is a prolific Producer/Song writer and has worked across several genres both as a performer (Cello, Kora, Piano and Percussion) and producer. Tunde was born in 1972 and is a product of a cosmopolitan city such as London. In North London's infamous Keskidee Centre, Britain's first Black Arts Centre, his appreciation of African Diasporic culture was initiated and nurtured. From an early age he was exposed to resident and visiting artists who worked in a multi-disciplinary mode such as: Bob Marley, Walter Rodney, Edward Braithwaite, Angela Davis and Linton Kwesi Johnson. It was here, his path as an artist began. Tunde's apprenticeship in African music began in 1978 and was further developed in 1982 when he first went to the Gambia to study the ancient Griot tradition of West Africa, with Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, Master of the Kora (West African Harp-Lute). The Jobarteh family are one of five principle musician families within this unique hereditary Oral tradition, which dates back to at least the 13th century.

South African guitarist Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session the album 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.

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