Guy Buttery and Derek Gripper Live in Cape Town limited edition download

by Derek Gripper and Guy Buttery

Duga 03:27
Ana 08:01
Koortjie 08:08
Kya Baat 10:52


Long-time friends, collaborators and leading exponents of the acoustic guitar scene in South Africa, Derek Gripper and Guy Buttery come together for their first outing in an improvised live concert recording captured in Cape Town. First heard as an exclusive premiere on NPR's "New Sounds", the album is something of a melting pot of South African and Eastern influences crafted by two of the finest visionaries to emerge from the tip of the continent in decades.


Guy and I have played together before. But that night was the first time we’d played together after spending solid time drinking tea together. Turns out this made all the difference. As did the incredible audience turn out in one of my favourite venues in Cape Town (pity about the hard wooden pews but sometimes you have to suffer for Art).


It's curious to think that the first time Derek and I finally got ourselves together for a collaboration, beyond a quick soundcheck rehearsal (i.e. "It's in D minor bra”), was in the very space I first saw Toumani Diabaté. Toumani is Derek's first port of call for the mind bending arrangements he's done of kora music for guitar. I remember leaving his solo concert that night as if there was little or no gravity beneath my feet. A sense of frictionlessness. I recall a similar elation happening on stage for me with uncle Derek that night. So many moments full of freedom, exploration and a sense of fearlessness to whatever the outcome may be. Apart from feeling out the tunes together, our two days hanging before this show were spent spinning Ali Akbar Khan records, sharing hair products and washing dishes, with regular stops at the local corner café for a chat with the fantastically verbose chef.


released March 18, 2020

Recorded live on location for Fine Music Radio by Simon Attwell
Mixed and mastered by Mark Hako
This concert was produced by Loud Music 
Cover photo by Anton Kruger
The cover wasn't designed by Guy Buttery on a free trial online app

Derek Gripper – classical guitar
Guy Buttery – acoustic guitar, sitar, mbira


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Derek Gripper Cape Town, South Africa

Derek Gripper creates original music from his diverse influences: Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Arvo Part, and Egberto Gismonti. Derek has also spent many years performing and recording his own translations of Bach’s violin and cello music, infusing his interpretations with his lessons from the oral traditions of Africa. ... more

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