Kora

£225.00
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  • Kora
  • Kora

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The Kora is a long-necked harp lute of the Malinke people of western Africa. The instrument’s body is composed of a long hardwood neck that passes through a calabash gourd resonator, itself covered by a leather soundboard. Twenty-one leather or nylon strings are attached to the top of the neck with leather tuning rings. The strings pass over a notched bridge (10 strings on one side of the bridge, 11 on the other) and are anchored to the bottom of the neck with a metal ring. 

In performance the instrument rests on the ground in a vertical position, and the musician plays the instrument while seated. He plucks the strings with the thumb and forefinger of each hand, while the remaining fingers hold two hand posts drilled through the top of the gourd. Possessing a range of just over three octaves, the kora is tuned by moving the leather rings located on the top of the neck.

The Kora is traditionally associated with royalty, the ruling classes, or religious practices. The kora is used by male musicians mainly to accompany narrations, recitations, and songs in honour of a patron.  The Gambia River valley is one of the main centres for the playing of this instrument.  The Kora is a regal African string instrument that has been brought to worldwide renown by well-respected and outstanding African musicians like Salif Keita.  It is a very popular lead instrument in West African countries like The Gambia, Senegal and Mali.

Dimensions:  38cm x 119cm (approx.)
Weight:  6.0kg (approx.)

Please note:  This particular instrument, the last of our current stock, has one string out of its 21 strings broken, hence the price. Normal retail price is £395.00.  The string can be replaced by an expert in string instruments.

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