Where The Kora Is King

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Heard On The Odyssey Series
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Maker: Mamadou Kouyaté (d. 1991) (bridge by Djimo Kouyaté) Date: ca. 1960 Geography: Senegal Culture: Mandinka people, Senegambia Medium: Gourd, goat skin, antelope-hide, ebony, metal, woodDimensions: Height: 45 9/16 in. (115.8 cm) Width: 20 11/16 in. (52.5 cm)
Diameter: 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm) Classification: Chordophone-Harp
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1975 Accession Number: 1975.59
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The kora, the most developed string instrument hailing from Africa, remains CHIEF among stringed-instruments in Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria.

Soundbed: Tk 6. Sekou Amadou 5:10 Anansy Cissé Traditional Rough Guide To The Best World Music You’ve Never Heard, World Music Network, 2015

Episode Credits

  • Dr. Jonathan Øverby Host
  • Tom Blain Technical Director

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