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Nuits d’Afrique présente Derek Gripper & Zal Sissokho

Fri 15 Jul 2022 • 07:55 pm
Gesù - Montréal 35 $
· by Rédaction PAN M 360

Muni d’une tablature vieille de 500 ans, Derek Gripper s’est lancé, il y a déjà 10 ans, dans une démarche artistique pour le moins périlleuse, malgré son talent et ses savoirs: adapter sur une guitare à 6 cordes toute la richesse et la complexité des accords subtils émanant de ce cette majestueuse harpe africaine à 21 cordes. Avec le plus grand respect de l’instrument et des traditions, il a accompli l’exploit, rendant un hommage époustouflant au formidable patrimoine de la musique mandingue.

Lui et Zal Sissokho, griot de la kora bien connu à Montréal, qui par sa vraie gentillesse, son ouverture, son humilité et son engagement dans son art, incarne toutes les valeurs que porte son instrument, se sont rencontrés en 2015 à Harare au Zimbabwe en marge d’un festival. Ils partageront la scène pour un moment de pure beauté sous les auspices bienveillants de tous les sages qui, depuis la nuit des temps, ont confié à l’emblématique instrument la mission de garder bien vivantes les traditions et la riche culture d’Afrique de l’ouest.

Ten years ago, with the help of a 500-year-old tablature, Derek Gripper launched into the somewhat perilous—despite his considerable talent and knowledge— undertaking of adapting kora music to a six-string guitar while retaining all the richness, subtlety and chord complexity of the majestic 21-string African harp. And it is with the utmost respect for the kora and its traditions that he accomplished this sensational feat, through which he pays tribute to the fabulous heritage of Mandinka music.


In 2015, Derek Gripper and the griot kora player Zal Sissokho—well known in Montreal and who, through his sincere kindness and commitment to his art, embodies all the values associated with his instrument—met backstage at a festival at Harare, Zimbabwe. Now they will share the stage to create moments of pure beauty under the favorable auspices of all those sages who have, since time immemorial, entrusted the iconic instrument with the mission of keeping West Africa’s traditions and rich culture alive.

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Ce contenu provient des Productions Nuits d’Afrique et est adapté par PAN M 360.

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