Lift Every Voice and Sing: West African Kora with Sean Gaskell
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library presents its Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Musical Celebration of America's Black History with: West African Kora with Sean Gaskell
The Kora is an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, traditionally played by oral historians known as Griots, often called Jalis or Jelis. Many songs tell stories of war, hardship, love, and loss - while presenting the history and fabric of Mande society, from which the instrument originates. Sean Gaskell first heard the Kora performed live in Olympia, Washington 2006. That performance inspired him to immerse himself in music of the Kora and to travel to Gambia, West Africa, where he was fortunate to study under the instruction of Moriba Kuyateh and his father, the late Malamini Jobarteh. Join us for an afternoon with this hauntingly beautiful instrument.
For more details and for information on how to register, please contact the library at 850-229-8879.