Sean Gaskell Plays the West African Kora

  • (Photo Courtesy of Sean Gaskell)

Come to the Mandolin Café on June 15 for a rare chance to see and hear musician Sean Gaskell make beautiful music on the West African Kora, a 21-string harp native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau.

Gaskell was initially inspired by the instrument after having heard it being played by Kane Mathis, a Seattle based Kora player. Gaskell then traveled to Gambia in 2008 and 2012 to study with Moriba Kuyateh and his father Malamini Jobarteh. Gaskell accompanied Kuyateh in performance at various festivals and events in Gambia and Senegal during both visits. He performs solo and is promoting the release of his first CD "Kora Music of West Africa." The music starts at 8 p.m. Mandolin Café is located at 3923 12th St. S.E. For tickets, $5, visit or buy at the door.


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