Music of the West African Kora comes to Yankton

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May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The performance will take place at the G.A.R. Hall, 508 Douglas Ave. in Yankton, SD on Thursday, May 16th at 7pm

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 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.

This event is sponsored by Yankton Area Arts and Friends of the Library. The event is free and open to the public. Free will donations are appreciated, and the artist will have CDs for sale.

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Date:
May 16
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Yankton Area Arts
508 Douglas Ave
Yankton, SD 57078 United States
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Phone:
(605) 665-9754

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