Derek Gripper concert series

Derek Gripper captures the nuances of a 21-stringed Malian harp on guitar.

Guitarist Derek Gripper will be hosting a series of small, socially distanced events in commemoration of his last international concert tour in 2020 and one year of musical lockdown.

Derek will play in private homes and in various intimate venues such as the Sangha Spot in Muizenberg, The Cottage Club in Fish Hoek, The Forge in Kalk Bay and The Ladder in Cape Town from Sunday March 28 to Friday May 7.

Derek’s last tour of Australia a year ago saw him play 16 sold out concerts in as many towns and cities. He returned to the Mother City the week before lockdown and has since been running an online subscription service teaching group music lessons.

His notable experiences include a solo concert at Carnegie Hall, multiple collaborations with classical guitar legend John Williams and classical Indian virtuoso Debashish Battacharya; a performance in Bamako with kora star Toumani Diabate and a host of award-winning albums including 2016’s Libraries on Fire, which won the Songlines Music Award for Best African Album.

Derek’s recent album A Year of Swimming had a million streams in its first few months of release, and his latest record with Silk Road Ensemble’s cellist Mike Block is set to follow suit.

Tickets are available from R150 through Quicket. Click here for more information.