Music from West Africa and Beyond
with Sean Gaskell
McAlester Public Library
401 N 2nd Street
McAlester, Ok 74501
presented by Friends of McAlester Library
Musician Sean Gaskell will be visit local schools and one library to perform 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 Empire's 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. Concert series presented by Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma.
These programs are free and open to the public.
Monday, January 7: 10:00 am - Idabel Public Schools
Monday, January 7: 2:00 pm - Wister Public Schools
Tuesday, January 8: 10:00 pm - Hugo Public Schools
Tuesday, January 8: 1:00 pm - Valliant Public Schools
Tuesday, January 8: 6:30 pm - McAlester Public Library