The kora is a traditional West African harp made from a large calabash. It is the king of the instruments in the Griot culture. Traditionally, it has 21 strings, and according to a legend, it was given to the Griots by the Devil in Guinea Bissau. Learning to play the kora requires tremendous discipline and passion.
Some of the most renowned kora players include Toumani Diabaté, Balaké Cissoko, Sidiki Diabaté, Mori Kanté, Mamadou Diabaté, and Madou Sidiki Diabaté.
Watch and listen to Saïba Diabaté, our kora teacher, performing in Kirina, Mali with Roberto Luti and Mahamadou Diabaté.
Buy a high quality Kora made in Mali from our store and help support our music program, École de Musique de Kirina in Mali.