Sean Gaskell Kora Concert

Wednesday, June 12 › 2-2:45 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Sean Gaskell plays traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African kora, an instrument native to the Mandé peoples who live in Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. The whole family will enjoy learning about the kora and listening to its unique melodic, peaceful sound. Traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as griots, the kora is only 300 years old, but some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years, tell ancient stories of war, hardship and praise. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, New York.

Adults and families, recommended for ages 8 and older.

Registration: Not required.