Mali in Oak | Globe GM003

Mali in Oak

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Label: Globe

Cat No: GM003

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 10th March 2017

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About

Two of the world’s most unclassifiable string players join the new Globe Music label to commemorate their sold-out performances in John Williams’s widely acclaimed 2014 and 2015 concert series at Shakespeare’s Globe. Jegede, a master kora player, cellist and composer of Nigerian and Irish descent brings his dynamic and cosmopolitan musical intelligence to bear on the heart of the Malian griot repertoire. South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has been earning slack-jawed praise from Capetown to Carnegie Hall adapting music for the 21-string kora to the 6-string classical guitar, here records with a kora for the very first time.

A combination of duets and solos, both artists record some of their most personal compositions and arrangements in an expansive and loving journey of West African songcraft. Originally paired and programmed by Globe Director of Music Bill Barclay, Jegede and Gripper’s duet concert was the only performance in the John Williams series that the great guitar master, feeling he had nothing he could add, sat out to enjoy entirely as a listener.

‘ ...wholly enjoyable, quite outstanding, an entrancing sound, a kind of ecstatic tingling in the ear underlay almost everything that was played’ - The Independent on Tunde Jegede

‘Absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.’ - John Williams

‘Gripper has brilliantly transferred the kora repertoire onto a regular six string guitar. He sees Toumani Diabaté as the Segovia, or indeed John Williams, of the kora, championing it as a solo instrument and ingeniously taking it back to the guitar. He’s opening a whole new repertoire of classical guitar music... bringing African guitar into the classical mainstream. This beautiful acoustic space [Shakespeare’s Globe’s candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse] makes you hold your breath and focus in a way you never do in an amplified concert. You put more in and get more out. For everyone it was a revelation.’ - Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine

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