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 standa...

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.

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The koras  There are 22 products.

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  • Ebony
  • Classical Kora

    In this category you will find koras of standard size, with diameters of calabashes ranging from 40 to 50 cm.

    These koras are all mounted with actual guitar pegs but still provide the authentic sound of the traditional instrument.

    If you do not find the dimensions you want in this page do not hesitate to contact us, we will make a tailor-made instrument for you.

  • Miniature Kora

    Miniature koras

    Mini koras have been designed for those who want a less bulky piece, while keeping a quality instrument.

    It will suit both confirmed players and children.

    The total length of these koras is less than 100 cm.

    We also offer "small" koras that have an intermediate dimensions between classics and miniatures.

  • Without calabash

    We manufacture koras mounted without calabash. A wooden stand plays the role of the soundboard. The protrusions serve as handles. These koras are sold with an amplification system.

  • "semitone"
    Kora equipped with harp lever. This system makes it possible to mount each note by half a tone by actuating the lever.
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