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Black Atlantic Keynote: Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper
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Monday, March 25, 2019
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Derek Gripper
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Arts & Context

South African classical guitarist Derek Gripper - known for transcribing the intricate works of Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté for six-string guitar - kicks off Duke Performances' second annual Black Atlantic festival with a keynote exploring the linkages between the musical and cultural traditions of West Africa and the Caribbean.

Monday, March 25
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Free and open to the public
Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers

Gripper will perform with his African Strings Project, featuring Congolese guitarist Jaja Bashengezi and Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Kinobe, at Motorco Music Hall on the evening of Monday, March 25. Tickets and info available at

Arts & Context is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, The Pinhook, and Pie Pushers.

Black Atlantic is made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Duke Africa Initiative.

Contact: Brian Valentyn