by The Sagtevlei Trio

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Thibaut Devigne
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Thibaut Devigne It is my understanding that this recording was done douring an improv session comprising of three musician. It sounds like jazz, but it would also convene for people looking for ambiant music as it is so smooth and based on pattern repetition. Quite unique and definitively worth it. Favorite track: Ayo.
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In December of 2008, nine years after the timeless classic “avant-goema” “Sagtevlei” by Alex van Heerden and Derek Gripper with Brydon Bolton on bass, the three musicians got together for a live reunion recorded by Alex Bozas. Two weeks later Alex van Heerden was killed in a car accident, leaving this as the last testimony of the magic that these three musicians could make together. The music was a spontaneous creation without prior rehearsal and features compositions by Derek Gripper and Alex van Heerden, including their interpretation of the Western Cape farm song Sissie my Kind kom Huistoe.

‘Ale!x,’ by the Sagtevlei Trio, is a gentle masterpiece.” [Paul Croughton writing for The Times UK].


released September 1, 2008

Alex van Heerden (trumpet, accordion, voice)
Derek Gripper (guitar, voice)
Brydon Bolton (double bass)



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Derek Gripper Cape Town, South Africa

In “One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali”, Derek Gripper has arranged and performed on classical guitar the compositions of legendary Malian musicians Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Ballaké Sissoke and Vincent Segal. Songlines Magazine called the album ”a staggering achievement,” selecting the recording as a Top of the World album in March 2013. ... more

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