Derek Gripper – Afrikanische Musik auf klassischer Gitarre

Derek Gripper hat als Gitarrist seinen ganz eigenen Weg gewählt – er überträgt Musik aus Afrika auf die Gitarre.

Ich habe schon öfters Musik für die Kora angehört und darüber geschrieben. Und ich finde die Bearbeitungen und Interpretationen von Derek Gripper sehr gelungen. Seine Art zu spielen ist ganz anders als man es von der typischen klassischen Gitarre kennt.

Die Bearbeitungen von Derek Gripper sind teilweise als Tabulaturen erhältlich, Informationen findet man auf der Website.

Derek Gripper hat eine eigene Gitarrenschule entwickelt die auf den Prinzipien der Montessori-Pädagogik basiert.

Over the past few years I have been working to adapt the philosophy of the great Italian educator Maria Montessori to teaching music, and specifically the guitar. The focus of Montessori’s work was to create the possibility for totally natural learning which would result in spontaneous activity beyond the scope of the lessons themselves. Applied to an instrument such as guitar, this means that the teacher’s role is to provide the various elements required for learning guitar in the most simple and direct way, and then step back to allow these elements to come together in a spontaneous way. the way this happens will be totally different for each individual.

Tcheka and Derek Gripper (komplettes Konzert)


Tcheka and Derek Gripper first met in Zanzibar while conducting music workshops for Learn Africa, a not-for-profit organization with strong ties to Zimbabwe.

After a week of all-night improvisation in a beachside lodge, they played their first show together to an awe-struck audience at Sauti za Busara Festival in Stone Town.

Since the two musicians share no spoken language, their collaboration has been an entirely musical conversation, combining Tcheka’s soulful singing and innovative guitar style with the sounds of Derek’s guitar interpretations of the music of the kora.

The spellbinding sound that results from this exquisitely- matched pair is nothing short of magic.

Old Mutual Day, Sunday 3 May 2015
ZOL Main Stage


Playliste Derek Gripper

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