Oct
10
École De Musique de Kirina

Kora

by Francois Viguie

The kora is a traditional West African instrument made with a large calabash, which is a type of gourdnative to the area.  The kora is the "king" of the instruments in the Griot culture. It traditionally has 21 strings and according to the legend, it was given to the Griots by the Devil in Guinea Bissau. Learning to play the kora requires  tremendous discipline and passion; that's why the kora groups at the school, led by master Griot player Ladji Diabaté, don't exceed 15 students.

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