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Sean Gaskell

Rank #4 Asheville, NC World


Sounds Like: Toumani Diabate, Foday Musa Suso, Kane Mathis, Jaliba Kuyateh, Mamadou Diabaté

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Bio: Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The Kora is native to the Mandinka people who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea B... See Full Bio

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"Kora Music of West Africa" (2012 release) is available on ITunes, Amazon, and more!


"Need more proof that music is the greatest international language? Listen to how eloquently Sean Gaskell, a young fella from the grunge and coffee mecca of Seattle, plays the 21-string West African Kora, a gourd-bottomed harp that delivers both acres of melody and gently rippling rhythms."
— Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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    Enjoying your music
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    Wonderful music in here!! Congrats and best wishes from Brazil, Olaf
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    Sounds like magic!
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    Great sound and feel to your music. Rock On
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Q: How have you come in contact with African music and kora? What attracted you to this intstrument?
A: I first came into contact with the Kora through Kane Mathis (www.myspace.com/kanekora). I fell in love with the instrument upon first hearing it and decided right then that I was going to learn how to play. I was drawn to the beauty of the sound that I never knew could be created from such an incredible instrument. I started taking lessons from Kane shortly after acquiring my first Kora. In 2008 I traveled to the homeland of the Kora (Gambia) while I was a student at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. I studied the Kora under the instruction of Griots Malamini Jobarteh and his son Moriba Kuyateh. I returned for my second visit in 2012. My goals are to provide listeners with a wonderful listening experience and educate them about the Kora, its origin, and the Mandinka people that it represents.

Asked by Cafe Sole. Answered on Sat Nov 10 2012


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