THE KORA: 21 string Gambian traditional instrument

The Kora (Manding languages: ߞߐߙߊ köra) is a stringed instrument used extensively in West Africa. A Kora typically has 22 strings, which are played by plucking with the fingers. It combines features of the lute and harp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTWpoZITraE The Kora is built from a large calabash, cut in half and covered with cow skin to… Continue lendo THE KORA: 21 string Gambian traditional instrument

SONA JOBARTEH & Band: Kora Music from West Africa

Sona Jobarteh is a unique and pioneering musical icon of her time whose renown has been rapidly flourishing globally. Born into a Griot family from the Gambia, a tradition that dates back 7 centuries, she is the first female within this tradition to become a professional virtuoso on the Kora. Her music is uniquely poised… Continue lendo SONA JOBARTEH & Band: Kora Music from West Africa

SONA JOBARTEH & Band – Live @ LEAF (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z3qWS4bEKg Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. The Kora is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding peoples of West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau). It belongs exclusively to griot families, and usually only men who are born into these… Continue lendo SONA JOBARTEH & Band – Live @ LEAF (2018)