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Sidikiba's Kora Lesson

Written and Illustrated by
Ryan Thomas Skinner

Winner of Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franking Award for multicultural literature

Listen to the Kora being played by Sidiki Diabaté

What is a kora?

Sidiki Diabate

Sidiki in his studioThe real-life inspiration for Sidikiba's Kora Lesson, Sidiki Diabaté, is the son of Grammy Award-winning kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté and the grandson of his namesake, the late Sidiki Diabaté, known throughout West Africa as "the king of the kora." On the audio CD included with Sidikiba's Kora Lesson, Sidiki demonstrates his deserved place in this illustrious musical lineage. This is Sidiki's first solo recording.