In times past, griots traditionally travelled from village to village to sit at the seat of learning, embracing the cradle of music and the wisdom of perception. In the same spirit, the 21st century griot travels from continent to continent in the pursuit of truth and the quest for knowledge. For, in the the 21st century the world has become a village.
World-renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso Tunde Jegede brings a new vision to contemporary African and Western classical music. A renaissance man of the harp-lute with over twenty years experience, his work is a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and traditional music and embodies the legacy of the idiom, African Classical Music.
Tunde Jegede’s work has changed the face of classical and contemporary music in Europe and Africa. He studied both Western classical music and the Griot Tradition of West Africa from a very early age, attending the Purcell School of Music in London and learning from a Master of the Kora in the Gambia, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. This unique cultural inheritance has since informed his work as a composer and multi-instrumentalist, creating links between European classical music and that of Africa. With his music he has created a set of mirrors between the old and new world, between compositions for solo cello and kora. Tunde Jegede is, in himself, a dialogue between contemporary classical music and a renewed vision of an oral tradition rooted in Malian culture – the Griot vision.
The World’s Music at Oxford is generously supported by St. John’s College, the AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund, the St. John’s College MCR, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Exeter College MCR and the Oxford University Music Faculty.