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congas curved soprano sax daf darbuka didgeridoo djembe duduk from armenia
indian double chamber flute kaen kalimba mbira kaval kora launeddas melodica mezoued
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straight soprano sax suling indonesian flutes talking drum tambourine tenor saxophone
udu drum zither
Kora (West Africa)
It uses a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin
as a resonator and has a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. The
sound of a kora is like a harp though when played in the traditional
style, it bears a closer resemblance to flamenco guitar techniques.
The player uses only thumb and index finger of both hands to pluck
the strings in polyrhythmic patterns. Ostinato riffs ("Kumbeng")
and improvised solo runs ("Biriminting") are played at
the same time by skilled players.
Kora players have traditionally come from griot families (traditional historians, genealogist and storytellers) who pass their skills on to their descendants. It is played in Mali, Guinea and Senegal but is also common in The Gambia.
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