ko·​ra | \ ˈkȯr-ə How to pronounce kora (audio) \

Definition of kora

: a 21-stringed African musical instrument resembling a lute

Examples of kora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My father’s favorite sound was the sound of the kora, a harp-like instrument with twenty-one strings held taut between a wooden neck and a calabash body. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 There will be Afro-Cuban jazz, bluegrass, chamber music, Senegalese kora playing, Mexican son jarocho and much more. Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 Called Korapiano, the new piece draws inspiration from the kora — a type of African harp — and uses West African folk tunes. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 16 June 2021 Sissoko is one of Mali’s most famous players of the kora, a traditional string instrument that was played in royal courts and is now celebrated around the world. Joe Penney, Quartz Africa, 6 Feb. 2020 This set is an electric affair for Touré, who normally plays acoustically and with more-traditional West African instruments like the forefather of the banjo, the kora. Paul De Revere, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2018 Images of the broken kora and the TSA notice have been shared widely on social media. Joe Penney, Quartz Africa, 6 Feb. 2020 Several Malian performers take part in the performance, including Ballaké Sissoko, a virtuoso on the kora (a kind of harp-lute), while the Malagasy musician Rajery plays valiha (Madagascar’s signature bamboo-tube zither). Thomas May, The Seattle Times, 31 Oct. 2018 The kora, too, is a stringed instrument with a largely percussive charter. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2018

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Kora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kora. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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