The kora is the classic African instrument par excellence. With no less than 21 strings the kora lends itself to great virtuosity. Originally the kora was played by the griot caste. They pass down oral history like troubadours, watching over the genealogy, and thus anchoring everyone’s identity in society. With their odes it is as though they are giving everyone their proper place and value within the community. The griots also represent their village or ruler, and are the messengers at marriage proposals or peace negotiations. This is why the kora has such a symbolic power to communicate with other cultures. This openness and desire to listen to one another continues in this series of remarkable concerts, in which the kora enters into dialogue with other instruments and cultures.
printed on 23-01-2018
Ongoing and forthcoming
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