Written and Illustrated by
Ryan Thomas Skinner
Listen to the Kora being played by Sidiki Diabaté
What is a kora?
Popular throughout West Africa, a kora is made of a gourd cut in half and covered with cow skin. It has a long wooden neck from which twenty-one strings descend to a notched bridge, making the kora a cross between a harp and a lute or guitar. A kora sounds like a classical harp but bears resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar when played by a skillful musician.
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