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The Kora is sometimes desribed as an "African Harp", but is it?


Let's look at the definition...


Harp: An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar and a hollow back containing the sounding board.


That doesn't sound much like a Kora.  A Kora does not have a soundboard or pillar.


So what category is it?


Technically a kora is a "double-bridged spiked lute"


Why? Let's look at the definition...


Lute:  Any plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back enclosing a hollow cavity, usually with a sound hole or opening in the body.


This makes sense.  A kora is more like a guitar than a harp.  The two sides to the bridge make it "double bridged" and the neck going trough the body makes it "spiked"






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