Derek Gripper

South Africa

Derek Gripper is a unique South African guitarist who explores many ranges and styles of music. 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 classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.

Derek continues his inspired interpretations of West African composers on his latest album, Libraries on Fire which won a Songlines Award for Best African and Middle Eastern Album for 2017. Derek’s next release is a recording of Bach’s solo violin works, transcribed for guitar, out February 2018.