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John Hughes, Kora (West African Harp)

Acoustic Guitar from Northampton, MA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$250 - $2500 per event
Joyful music for all occasions!

John Hughes is an innovative kora (West African harp) player, percussionist and vocalist whose style ranges from elegant and stately classical West African harp music to jazzy, hypnotic grooves that cross cultural boundaries and fuse disparate cultural influences. Playing ancient traditional instruments not often heard in the United States (many of which he builds himself), John takes his audience on an intimate tour of universally musical expressions of joy and hope, at once soothing and up-lifting. Whether playful or romantic, Johns music will cast a web of delight, creating the ideal ambience to unite all in attendance in fellowship and joy.

Perfect for:
* Weddings
* Receptions
* Cocktail Hour
* Garden Parties
* Corporate Functions
* Dinner parties
* Galas
* Fundraisers
* Openings
* Etc.

The kora is an ancient 22 stringed harp from the Mandeng people of West Africa. Nearly as far back as a thousand years ago, the kora set the tone in the royal courts of the emperors of West Africa. It was present at all community celebrations including weddings, births and initiations. It was played in courts of law to ground and harmonize disgruntled plaintiffs. It inspired celebrants at parties to dance and sing and soothed children gathered in village courtyards each night before bed.

John Hughes is an internationally recognized kora player, percussionist, singer, dancer, sculptor, instrument builder and educator. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, England. John has studied the music song and dance of West Africa for over 25 years, training with numerous master drummers and dancers from Guinea and Mali, including Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate. As a Kora player, John is primarily self-taught and has developed a style all his own, though deeply rooted in the ancient Mande tradition.

John has released five CDs of original music.
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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John played for my wife's 40th birthday party at our house. He was both personal and professional throughout planning and performace. John filled the house with a tranquil melody that was in a class by itself. The kora's unparalleled sound and John's musical talent made him the best choice for our celebration. John is a professional musician with multiple albums available to enjoy/sample. If you are looking for relaxing music and to work with a dependable musician I highly recommend John!

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Wedding

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We hired John for a wedding this September. It was a beautiful day and the music that John provided to our ceremony and reception was exceptional. Many people attending asked me where I found him and commented on how wonderful he played and blended with the ceremony. I will hire him again in an instant, he was prompt, self sufficient in setting up and an overall pleasure to have at our family home for the wedding.

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Private Party

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John's music was a fabulous enhancement to our party. The kora was beautiful to listen to but also proved to be a great source of conversation among our guests. In addition to playing exquisitely, John was professional and accommodating. We couldn't have been more pleased.

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Nov
5
Birthday Party (Adult)
Malta, NY
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Sep
17
Wedding
Kensington, NH
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Jul
29
Private Party
Little Compton, RI
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2015
Sep
12
Birthday Party (Adult)
Clifton Park, NY
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Please note John Hughes, Kora (West African Harp) will also travel to Three Rivers, West Hatfield, North Hatfield, Palmer, Amherst, Holyoke, Ludlow, North Amherst, Whately, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Indian Orchard, Chicopee, Monson, Springfield, Ware, West Chesterfield, Granby, Westfield, Woronoco, Hampden, West Springfield, West Warren, Bondsville, East Longmeadow, Lake Pleasant, South Hadley, Thorndike, Brimfield, Greenfield.
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