Product Information: A traditional West African instrument, the kora is a 21-string Mandinka-harp that is handcrafted from a calabash gourd. The gourd is cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck. Kora players have traditionally come from griot families (traditional historians, genealogists and storytellers), who pass their skills on to their descendants. The instrument is played in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and the Gambia. Hand-painted designs adorn the face of the kora, making the instrument aesthetically pleasing and great for musicians or for decoration.
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