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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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