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AWIL 188 - Derek Gripper!

 Serenity through skill via kora to guitar with Derek Gripper on this A World In London! Click here:

Musical maestro Derek Gripper achieves the seemingly impossible by translating compositions written for 21 string harp to the mere 6 strings of his trusty guitar. His new album, ‘Libraries On Fire’, takes on a further challenge by featuring some classic kora duet pieces yet incredibly Derek replicates the beauty of these works on his solo instrument without overdubs or multi-tracking. Growing up in Cape Town surrounded by township and Creole sounds, it wasn’t a giant leap for classically trained Derek to forge musical taste buds 'from Led Zeppelin to Khaled to carnatic violin'. His Who's Who of inspirations includes most of the Malian korist & Griot greats like Toumani Diabate and Ballake Sissoko, but even stretches across continents to Calcutta taking in the ragas of Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. Fresh from his second collaboration with legendary John Williams at Kings Place last week we caught Derek on AWIL just before he tours in Wales. Perhaps his Welsh language skills need improvement but a definitive & delightful master-class in guitar is more than a fair swap. So Derek won’t be performing in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch but you can see him on stage at Wyeside, Builth Wells June 9th and at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan on June 10th! More info at:


ARTIST                                  TRACK                                   COUNTRY

Hossam Ramzy           Sabla Tolo IV              Egypt/UK

Ema Yazurlo              Lucha Amada            Argentina

42 Strings                    Midu Shange              China/USA/UK

Nii Okai Tagoe           Nyungmbo                 Ghana

Transglobal Underground  Serengeti          UK

Ian Anderson             Cottonfield Blues       UK      

Derek Gripper           Lampedusa                South Africa

‘           ‘                       Duga                           ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Miniyamba                 ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Salama                        ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Bafoulabe                  ‘           ‘



AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: June 4 – 30 Rebetiko Carnival at various incl June 10 PAKAW @ Green Note, June 16 Kourelou @ Forge, June 21 Dimitris Mystakidis @ Forge –,  June 11 Heymanot Tesfa @ St. Ethelburga’s, June 16 Carmen Souza/Theo Pascal @  Kings Place, June 16 Karama @ Hoxton Amp..  More at    ** A WORLD IN LONDON – LIVE. FREE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE FRIDAY 1pm on JULY 1st  with 42 STRINGS in concert!! **

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A World In London – in its TENTH year! With Cultural Co-operation live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio:  and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB  & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays.  Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon    This week Kourelou at Resonance FM. Next week Diabel Cissokho at Res and Dhafer Youssef at SOAS Radio.  Twitter:@djritu1  @aworldinlondon