Musician Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21-string harp that he
learned how to play throughout the
course of multiple visits to its homeland
in Gambia, West Africa. The music is
traditionally played by oral and musical
historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The
Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is 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 …
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