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 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, "How US Customs officers damaged a revered West African artist’s custom-built kora," 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, "Strong Debuts From Leslie Odom Jr., GIVERS and More Kick Off Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 Images of the broken kora and the TSA notice have been shared widely on social media. Joe Penney, Quartz Africa, "How US Customs officers damaged a revered West African artist’s custom-built kora," 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, "‘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

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First Known Use of kora

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. 2021.

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