Solo Acoustic Guitarist | African and Contemporary | Composer and Performer


Gitaarsalon Djazz Derek Gripper from Gitaarsalon on Vimeo.


Derek Gripper performing at the launch of One Night on Earth at the Slave Church in Cape Town. The film, by Calum MacNaughton and Ross Campbell, with sound by Alex Bozas.

Jarabi – Toumani Diabate’s Mandé classic:

Derek Gripper :: Jarabi (Toumani Diabaté) from Profoundly South African on Vimeo.

Tubaka by Toumani Diabaté played in Norway 2014



This clip is edited by Calum and includes part of performances of ’56 (Ali Farka Toure) and Chamber Music (Ballake Sissoko).

Derek Gripper :: ’56 (Strings of Mali) from Profoundly South African on Vimeo.

The Full Concert Launching One Night on Earth – Cape Town Slave Church


Playing Djourou Kara Nany and Jarabi at The Ellnora Guitar Festival in the US.


Interview by Leila Dee Dougan for Cue at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown 2014

A piece by South African box master Madosini adapted for solo guitar

A short EPK by Dan Sermond, filmed and edited by Breeze Yoko

Derek Gripper performing Ali Farka Touré’s ’56 and Toumani Diabaté’s Alla Le Aa Ke from his 2012 recording One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali at Sonic Suburbia in Cape Town. The film is by Dex Goodman of TheArtsMag in a concert presented by David Krut Projects and Hagar Graiser:

Derek Gripper and tabla master Udai Mazumdar performing Derek Gripper’s composition Copenhagen at Erin Hall in Cape Town as part of their South African tour. Filmed by Ross Campbell. This track is featured on their live album, Rising as well as in a solo version on The Sound of Water:


In 2011 Derek Gripper collaborated with Mac McKenzie’s Cape Town Goema Orchestra to create an arrangement of Copenhagen from The Sound of Water, for guitar and strings. Filmed by Dex Goodman:

Kaira: An original work in tribute to Toumani Diabaté some years before the Great African Composers Project began, this piece is from about 2006 and recorded on the CD Ayo. Filmed by Hermann Van Wyk in Barrydale.


The Great African Composers project began with three pieces by Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. Derek Gripper plays one of Vieux’s solo guitar works at a concert at The Forge in Cape Town. Filmed by Ross Campbell:


Derek Gripper plays Kai Kai in his garden in the Cape Point Nature Reserve just after the release of the album Kai Kai in 2009:

Uhadi Rain from Ayo performed in 2009 at the Alliance Francais:

Derek Gripper – Uhadi Rain from Ross Campbell on Vimeo.