Solo Acoustic Guitarist | African and Contemporary | Composer and Performer

Music in the Digital Age

Some time has past since the release of my ninth album, which I called “One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali.” The release of this album has been an experiment in using new forms of media to change the model of distribution, pricing and promotion of musical products, albeit on a very small… Continue Reading

Why Play Toumani Diabate?

The question I have been waiting for: “One Night on Earth does make me ask why not just listen to Toumani” (Simon Broughton of Songlines) I have been waiting for this question because I asked it myself many times. The question has many answers. All of them, to my mind, are interesting. One answer is… Continue Reading

One Night on Earth LAUNCHED!

The new disc is finally launched and with it the first stage of the Great African Composer’s project. I am still blown away: I have actually recorded the music of Toumani Diabate on solo guitar. By my standards of ten years ago I can now retire in peace. get the album for a price of… Continue Reading

a new site

We are in the process of updating the site in preparation for the release of “One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali” which will be available from the 13th of May from newcape.bandcamp.com You may be able to view the old site at www.derekgripper.co.za. Check in soon!       Continue Reading