Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African kora. The kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of The 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. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, The Gambia, and Senegal.
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