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Trio Da Kali and Derek Gripper
Friday, April 6th, 2018
Pre-Performance talk at 6:30pm Oh this is beautiful music! Trio Da Kali brings together three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots. The trio is formed by vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (known as the African Mahalia Jackson for her vocal power and expression), balafon player Lassana Diabaté, and bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté. They are joined by the extraordinary South African guitarist Derek Gripper. Gripper has spent years transcribing and perfecting the work of great kora artists on the guitar, and his playing is like nothing you have ever heard: when Trio Da Kali first heard him perform, these consummate musicians from an unbroken line of traditional artists knew they must tour with him. Sponsored by UVM Program Board and The Point