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

Definition of kora

: a 21-stringed African musical instrument resembling a lute

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "‘The Routes of Slavery’ traces a musical journey of resilience in the face of inhumanity," 31 Oct. 2018 The kora, too, is a stringed instrument with a largely percussive charter. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 15 Mar. 2018 Making their festival debuts this year are Latin-inspired LADAMA, the Ibibio Sound Machine of Nigeria and Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "From Louisiana indie pop to Tuvan throat singing, see Festival International lineup," 24 Feb. 2018 That was the case with Bamako*Chicago Sound System, a group that Ms. Mitchell coleads with the Malian kora player Ballake Sisoko, but that began as her brainchild. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision," 10 Jan. 2018 To walk within this company was to be immersed in milky balafon, twangy kora, and crashing trash can, with occasional sharp squiggles of tone from a wooden flute. New York Times, "Sprawling Across New York, a Solstice Music Marathon," 22 Dec. 2017 The base of the jovial groove as the little group walked was a lilting, repeating riff on the kora, the 21-string harp-lute that a musician played with its base propped against his torso, plucking with his thumbs. New York Times, "Sprawling Across New York, a Solstice Music Marathon," 22 Dec. 2017 The monks operate an agriculture and animal husbandry school, and design and build koras, a type of West African harp that is played during a transcendent daily musical mass. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "The Senegalese Chef Sharing His Cuisine with the World," 4 Dec. 2017 As usual, though, locals provide most of the heat: to name just two, veteran saxophonist Ari Brown leads a group with Oliver Lake, and flutist Nicole Mitchell debuts a collaboration with Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko. Chicago Reader, "Ten best bets for fall music," 15 Sep. 2017

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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