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Derek Gripper and Guy Buttery go on tour

Derek Gripper and Guy Buttery are coming together for a short run of shows through the Western Cape.
Image supplied: Guy Buttery and Derek Gripper are touring together
Image supplied: Guy Buttery and Derek Gripper are touring together

Their first recorded outing was captured in Cape Town in an improvised live concert recording. First heard as an exclusive premiere on NPR's ‘New Sounds’ radio show, the album received rave reviews the world over. Due to Covid-19 the duo never had the opportunity to tour their album - until now.

Gripper is known for his technique of evoking the West African kora on the guitar. He has transcribed the complex music of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and infuses his interpretations of Bach’s music with lessons from the oral traditions of Africa.


He has performed with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra and classical guitar legend John Williams, and tours worldwide.

Transcribing note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and finding a way of playing them on six-string guitar resulted in Gripper’s ninth album One Night on Earth.

As an internationally recognised musician, Guy Buttery is a multi-instrumentalist that enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe.


The USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year.

Buttery’s distinct unification of South African guitar music is the musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place he calls home. In 2018, Buttery was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award.

Tour dates and information

  • 28 April at The Olympia Bakery. Book
  • 29 April at The Slave Church. Book
  • 30 April at Hoofstraat Conceptual. Book
  • 1 May at the courtyard, 44 Voortrekker Street. Book



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