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South African composer Derek Gripper releases new live album ‘One Night On Earth’

Derek Gripper

Award-winning South African performer, composer and arranger, Derek Gripper, releases his brand-new live album, ‘One Night On Earth’.

In 2012 Derek Gripper spent a full night session in a small chapel on a farm four hours from the city of Cape Town. The session captured Toumani Diabate’s virtuosic kora works (21 string harp) on guitar for the first time.

Derek Gripper

Ten years on, during South Africa’s lockdown, Derek returned to this chapel to record a live concert of the same material. After a decade of touring with some of the world’s greatest musicians, and visiting Mali to play with Toumani himself, the session is a simple, informal and unedited rendition, recorded on a vintage tape machine, with a live audience and the gentle accompaniment of South African night sounds, all until the tape runs out at the end of the final track.

Stream “One Night On Earth” below: