When: Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. 2014
The kora is a 21-string lute harp from Gambia, West Africa, crafted from half a large calabash covered in cow skin. Dating back 300 years, the instrument is often used to perform songs about the rise of the Mande empire. For Sean Gaskell, this window into the musical past is an avenue worth exploring. The North Carolina-based musician’s passion for the kora took him to West Africa multiple times, where he studied under master players Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh. Gaskell teams up with Barika’s Craig Myers in a performance of traditional tunes and original compositions.