An evening of traditional African music on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Living Room.
The performer, Sean Gaskell, is an Asheville-based musician who plays the West African Kora, a 21-stringed, gourd-bottomed harp which dates back more than 300 years and is native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. Gaskell has studied with master Kora players in Gambia during multiple visits there, has been featured at music festivals in Gambia, Senegal, and throughout the United States, and has released an album, "Kora Music of West Africa." He will perform in the Macon County Public Schools on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20, through the Arts Council’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program. Learn more about him at seangaskell.com.