The string instruments

In this category we now have five types of instruments, the kamele n'gonis that we propose now with 8, 10, 12, 14, 20 and 24 strings, the donsos n'goni in 6 cordes, koras, djeli n'gonis and thianhous. You can choose between standard models and custom models.

Mainly used in Mali, dozo n'goni or dosso n'goni, "lute of the hunters", has six strings,...

In this category we now have five types of instruments, the kamele n'gonis that we propose now with 8, 10, 12, 14, 20 and 24 strings, the donsos n'goni in 6 cordes, koras, djeli n'gonis and thianhous. You can choose between standard models and custom models.

Mainly used in Mali, dozo n'goni or dosso n'goni, "lute of the hunters", has six strings, tuned in pentatonic.

Kamele n'goni, "lute of young men", eight to twenty four strings, tuned in pentatonic.

The kora is a string instrument from West Africa. It is a Mandingo harp-lute (Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone ...).
According to legend, the first kora was the personal instrument of a woman-genius who lived in the Kansala caves in The Gambia. Impressed and moved by the music of the instrument, a great chief of war, Tiramakhan Traore, decided to dispossess the woman-genius. Aided by his fellow hunters, Waly Kelendjan and Djelimaly Oule Diabaté, he recovered the instrument that fell to Djelimaly, the griot of the group. Djelimaly transmitted it to his son Kamba. And so it was passed from father to son as far as Tilimaghan Diabaté who introduced it to Mali.

The djeli n'goni, "lute of griot", in the Bambaras and nkoni or koni. It is one of the many names used in the music of the different ethnic groups in West Africa: the bass, the diasarea, the duru, the gambaré, the garaya, the goumbale, the gurumi, the hoddu , Keleli, koubour, molo, n'déré, taherdent, tidinit or xalam. Some guembris are very close too.

The thianhou is a musical instrument made entirely of straw. It comes from the Dedougou region in Burkina-Faso.

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  • The koras

    Our koras are crafted with 21 strings, and like our n'gonis are equipped with oil bathed guitar machine heads for tuning. We feel this makes the instrument easier to tune and more accessible for western musicians wishing to play this beautiful instrument.

    Great attention is given to the assembling of each kora, and we apply to the highest standards of quality when selecting materials for each part. The calabashes used originate in Niger, and are unquestionably some of the best to be found in West Africa being very even and well formed. Crucially they are very robust, and we choose only those which meet our high standards of quality. We are equally vigilant when choosing the calf skin parchment for our Koras, paying attention that it is neither too thin nor too thick, and of course is flawless and free from blemishes. Finally, for all of the koras wooden components (the neck, bridge and handles) are made of gwénè wood (as used for balafon) cut from the same logs we use for our balafon keys, thus ensuring it is absolutley dry. Each kora is sold with a waterproof fabric case made to measure, and a spare set of strings.

  • The kamele n'gonis

    This distinctive instrument popular in Mali and Burkina Faso is available in 8, 10, 12, 14 and 20 string models.

    Like our koras, all of our kamelé n'goni feature oil lubricated guitar machine heads for tuning.

    We're thinking musicians prefer to invest a little more for an instrument that is significantly more convenient and easier to tune. Made entirely in our own workshop, we pay great attention to the materials used: We begin by choosing the roundest and smoothest calabashes.

    Most importantly we choose only mature calabashes, having often found that gourds which are harvested young when they are too green are more fragile. We avoid such calabashes so as to be sure that our instruments are not easily broken and the calabash is not deformed by the pressure excerted by the bridge and strings.

    The goat skin we use is free from imperfections, supple and sufficiently thick enough to mount well on the calabash. Having observed that goat skin can sometimes become too dry and a little stiff, we go further to choose supple skins of notable elasticity, and discard skins which have become too papiery.

    The neck, bridge and handles are crafted from balafon wood, a choice we have arrived at for acoustic reasons. We make sure we choose wood free from cracks and knots, as well as ensuring it is absolutley dry so as not to deform over time.

    We now offer a unique semi tone kamele n'goni fitted with the same machine heads used for classical harps, allowing the player to instantly adjust the note of each string by a semitone.

    They are amplified using micro piezo brand Schatten.

    Finally we can accomodate your preference for the size of calabash you prefer. All of our kamele n'goni are sold with a waterproof case made to measure.

  • The djeli n'gonis

    The djeli n'goni or "the guitar of the griot".

    Four or seven strings, mounted with guitars tuning pegs oil bath.

    You have the choice between the "classic" model and the "model" ebony. In both cases, the box is balafon wood well dry.

    The ebony model differs from the classical model by the easel and handle in ebony wood.

    The skin is a parchment cowhide similar to that used for koras.

    Sold with its waterproof and custom cover.

  • The donso n'goni

    Our donso (or dozo) n'goni have 6 strings Traditionaly the instrument of the hunters or "donso", our donso n'goni and kamélé n'goni differ in terms of their constructiona and materials. Foremost the strings of the donso n'goni are attached and tensioned in the traditional style, secured to the neck with a single piece of strong `djembe' cord. Secondly, the neck, handles and horizontal bracing are all crafted from bamboo. Each donso n'goni comes complete with a made to measure soft case, a spare set of strings, and a rattle or sékèsékè which fits atop the neck The bridge is reinforced with ebony inlay as the strings pass through. The green colour of the gourd results from a natural treatment we use.

  • The thianhous

    The Thianhous are musical instrument made entirely in paille. They are traditionally played by Bwabas people, from Dédougou region

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