Monday, December 5, 2016

Claxton Students Learn About West African Music

Claxton students were lucky enough to meet Sean Gaskell, a musician who plays the Kora, on Friday.

The Kora is a 21-string harp that originated in Gambia, West Africa. A melodic and peaceful sounding instrument, it often accompanies songs of hardship and war, some of them dating back as much as 800 years, to the founding of the Mande empire. The Kora is traditionally played by oral and musical historians knows as Griots ("Gree-ohs").

The students loved hearing music that sounds so very different from what they're used to and were fascinated by the idea of an instrument with a whopping 21 strings!

Hear it for yourself:

Once again, we're thankful for how arts integration can expose kids to so many different parts of the world and teach them to be open-minded and excited about other cultures. Thank you, Mr. Butler, for bringing Sean Gaskell to Claxton!  

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