Oral History of Peter Kfoury, interviewed by Ra'Shaud J. Graham, Jacob C. Mathis and Trenton H. Moore, 11 April, 2017

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Oral History of Peter Kfoury, interviewed by Ra'Shaud J. Graham, Jacob C. Mathis and Trenton H. Moore, 11 April, 2017

Description

Lebanese-American musician Peter Kfoury was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. His father was Lebanese and his mother Syrian. At thirteen, he learned to play guitar and soon after, he became fascinated with the oud, an old Mid-Eastern traditional instrument. He moved to Connecticut to attend college and for a few months, he took lessons with the Armenian musician George Mgrdichian. By that time, Kfoury started blending Middle Eastern music with jazz, rock, and funk. After a year, he decided to leave college and went to play music in New York. Later he returned to school and graduated as a Dr. Chiropractor, the profession he has practiced for almost forty years. In the interview, Kfoury talks about the lack of diversity in the music offerings in Charleston as well as the lack of listening rooms. Responding to these voids, in 2016, he launched the World Music Cafe. John Holenko and Hazel Ketchum from Hungry Monk Music supported his efforts. Since then, World Music Cafe produces a monthly show that features three musicians of different musical traditions and styles. Finally, Kfoury talks about creating, recording and presenting his album At the Heart of Two Worlds.

Source

Working Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

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Rights

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application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/620

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Ra'Shaud J. Graham
Jacob C. Mathis
Trenton H. Moore

Interviewee

Peter Kfoury

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Duration

59 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Peter Kfoury, interviewed by Ra'Shaud J. Graham, Jacob C. Mathis and Trenton H. Moore, 11 April, 2017,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed December 2, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/620.