The kora is the most typical instrument of the music of the Malinké from an international point of view. It is the most sophisticated of the African harps. Its twenty-one strings give it a range of more than three octaves on a seven-tone scale. Bells mounted on the end of the wood to which the strings are attached define the tone of the instrument.

Development of the kora's repertoire is in full swing, since it is a source of inspiration for renowned contemporary musicians who are constantly writing new compositions for it. The kora can be played on its own or in conjunction with other instruments such as the xylophone, the guitar, the jenbé, etc. In Mali, Senegal, Guinea and Gambia, the kora is played mainly by witchdoctors and their families.


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