One Night on Earth: Live in 2021

by Derek Gripper

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menckilse I love this album, the simplicity and the drawing attention to the immediate atmosphere of the surroundings. The frogs and crickets take centre stage in the beginning and end - reminding us humans that beyond our very transient existence on earth, the natural world knows no limits of time or ego. And of course the music is beautiful.
Bakoye 04:47
Mama FC 01:36
Tubaka 03:59
Elyne Road 03:36
'56 04:08
Jarabi 03:56
Kaira 03:01
Konkoba 04:44


In June of 2021 I drove the four hours to the Garden Route of South Africa and revisited the little chapel where I recorded One Night on Earth in a single all-night session in 2011. Howard Butcher, who recorded the album, arranged a small concert with twenty people in attendance (for Covid restrictions) and we recorded the concert on a reel to reel recorder, changing the rolls of tape as the concert proceeded (we used three reels).

The concert was during the day because of South Africa's 9pm curfew. So that night I went into the forest on Howard's farm (Peace of Eden) and sat very quietly for 43 minutes with my mics rolling once more. This time to record the sound of crickets which have become such an integral part of the original recording.

The audio of the concert and the 43 minute cricket sit were combined and that is what you have here: One Night on Earth: Live in 2021.


released July 20, 2021

Music by Toumani Diabate (BMG), Ballake Sissoko (Sacem), Vincent Segal, and Ali Farka Toure (World Circuit).
All arrangements by Derek Gripper
Recorded by Derek Gripper and Howard Butcher with 2 Royer microphones plugged into a Nagra IVS reel to reel recorder.
Digitised at Peace of Eden by Howard Butcher
Mixed by Derek Gripper
Mastered by Murray Anderson at Milestone Studios
Cover photo by Dimitri Otis


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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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