The Kennedy Center

Derek Gripper



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Video 11/17/2016: Derek Gripper

Guitarist Derek Gripper has produced some of South Africa’s most unique musical works by fusing the country’s disparate creative traditions with styles from throughout the world. His music is inspired by European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian works, Malian kora works, the ghoema/goema and vastrap music styles of Cape Town, and even Indian classical music—all the while synthesizing them into a style of his own.

  Derek Gripper