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Derek Gripper & Guy Buttery on tour this November

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By Underground Press

Published Tuesday, 01 November 2022 11:37

Having had their last three concert tours postponed for a variety of reasons, including a pandemic in the middle of it, long-time friends, collaborators and leading exponents of the acoustic guitar scene in South Africa, Derek Gripper and Guy Buttery are finally touring together again this month. The duo last came together for what was their first recorded release in an improvised live concert captured in Cape Town. First heard as an exclusive premiere on NPR's "New Sounds" radio show, the SAMA nominated album “Live in Cape Town” is something of a melting pot of South African and Eastern influences crafted by two of the finest visionaries to emerge from the tip of the continent in decades.

Derek Gripper is known for his groundbreaking technique for evoking the West African kora on the guitar. He has transcribed the complex music of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and infuses his interpretations of Bach’s music with lessons from the oral traditions of Africa. He has performed with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra and classical guitar legend John Williams, and tours worldwide.It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, “One Night on Earth”. The album created an unprecedented meeting point between the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.

Guy Buttery is something of a National treasure”, says South Africa’s leading newspaper The Mercury. As an internationally recognised musician, this multi-instrumentalist enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. The USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year. However, to simply label Guy Buttery as one of South Africa’s musical phenoms would be an injustice. His international role has surpassed merely performing concerts to foreign audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity. Guy’s distinct unification of South African guitar music is the musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place he calls home.

Guy recalls the recording of their SAMA nominated album, “Live in Cape Town.” “There was a sense of frictionless-ness. I recall this elation happening on stage for me with Derek that night we recorded our debut duo album. So many moments full of freedom, exploration and a sense of fearlessness to whatever the outcome may be.”

The duo now have 4 upcoming concerts within the Western Cape this November. The tour details, relevant links and booking information are listed below:

TOUR SCHEDULE:

  • 9 November - Hout Bay House Concert, Hout Bay, 7:30pm
  • 10 November - Olympia Bakery, Kalk Bay, 8pm
  • 11 November - Slave Church, Cape Town, 8pm
  • 13 November - RATA, Riebeek Kasteel, 7pm, 0828511262 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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