Sean Gaskell will perform traditional West African music at the Silver City Public Library on Friday, March 3 at 6:00pm as part of the library’s spring concert series. Gaskell plays the Kora, a 21-string harp that he learned how to play during multiple visits to Gambia, West Africa. 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.
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. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Learn more about Sean Gaskell at www.seangaskell.com. You can also view a video of him performing here.
This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library. All ages are welcome. Doors open 30 minutes before performance time. Space is limited and will be a on a first come, first seated basis. The library is located at 515 W. College Avenue in Silver City. Contact the library at 575-538-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.