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  • n. A type of harp played in West Africa.


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  • Mr. DIABATE: Yes, the kora was a gift from God to me.

    Bela Fleck And Toumani Diabate: Banjo Roots

  • SESAY: Diabate says the kora is a fixture in its family going back generations.

    CNN Transcript Jul 4, 2009

  • He's a Senegalese griot who plays the kora, which is basically a harp made from a honkin' big calabash with a stick rammed through it.

    Music, Ho Ho

  • (A kora is a 21-string harp-like instrument that creates a defining African sound.)

    Showtime in the Sahara

  • The rest of the concert was explicitly about the harp, and pre-eminently the Malian harp-lute known as the kora.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • The kora is a 21-string harp with a large, resonating gourd as its base.

    Baltimore City Paper

  • The kora is a demanding instrument, consisting of two parallel rows of strings attached to a notched bridge on a resonating gourd, and Djeli's confident command of it is the result of a lifetime of study and practice.


  • Artists ranging from Ry Cooder to Björk to Blur's Damon Albarn have trekked there to collaborate with such iconic international stars as singer Salif Keita, kora master-musician Toumani Diabaté and the late blues-tinged guitarist Ali Farka Touré.

    Garden Grunge, Animals in the Park

  • The kora can be accessible in many different contexts.

    Warm Up to a Meeting of Two Classical Minds

  • Getty Images Ballak é Sissoko, a Mali kora player, and French cellist Vincent Segal But not every act performing on the venue's three stages emphasizes hot, polyrhythmic dance numbers.

    Warm Up to a Meeting of Two Classical Minds


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  • Additional usage on chordophone.

    November 3, 2008

  • BBC: 'Toumani Diabate plays the kora, or West African harp'.

    October 23, 2008