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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?

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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