Large professional Kora – Model 01 – in Viraró and Guayubirá – Hand made by Luthier
Professional level instrument handcrafted with hard and noble woods that guarantee an excellent sound and the resistance that this type of instrument requires. Viraró and Guayubirá.
The central body of the instruments is made in one piece. All work is done by hand. The gourd is reinforced inside.
Both the type of wood and the pegs vary according to availability and market prices. It should be noted that we always guarantee an excellent choice of woods and high quality pegs.
The pumpkin (non-edible variety) comes from Senegal and is the sounding board of the instrument. The pegs are for bass and electric guitar of very good quality. Goat or cowhide leather is used for the top of the instrument, thus giving an excellent and particular vibration. Fishing lines are used for the strings because of the sweet sound they produce and also because the instrument requires a wide range of string sizes. They go through the bridge that rests on the leather and are tied to the rope. This in turn is tied to an iron ring screwed to the wood, at the bottom of the instrument.
Tuning and string configuration (measures in mm)
For a 21-string Kora.
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The Kora is a very old African instrument dating back to the times of the Mali Empire. It belongs to a large family of traditional harps. It has between 21 and 23 strings and is tuned in major diatonic natural scales, with some pieces of music requiring other types of tuning.
It originally comes from countries like Mali, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal among others. It is a very present instrument in daily life in these countries.
It is an instrument full of mysticism. The gourd represents the earth element, the strings the air, the wood the plant world and the iron ring the metal element.
In the traditional assembly, cow leather braids are used to make the pegs and in the past the strings were made with leather or animal guts.
Today the Kora is known all over the world and many musicians chose it, thus leaving the traditional musical format and adapting to all kinds of music and instrumental ensembles.
About the luthier
Luthier of African instruments built by hand in our own lutheria workshop. Offers African music classes and live performances. A large part of the instruments he makes are made with recycled and reused materials, especially wood.
It specializes in African ethnic instruments such as the ngoni, the kora (traditional harps), and the balafon (traditional xylophone).
He began as a self-taught man and then studied for two years at the Jatun Maki luthiery school (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Currently he continues to deepen his knowledge by taking woodcarving classes.
In 2011 he traveled to Senegal and Mali where he trained in traditional music and lutheria.
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