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Kristina Lycke
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The kora is a 21 stringed harp/lute from West Africa. The materials used to
make the instrument are a calabash (cut in half), skin (usually cow
hide), fishing line and wood. The best description of its sound is a mix
between harp and flamenco guitar.
The instrument has been played for many hundreds of years by hereditary troubadour musicians from the Mandinka tribe, playing a repertoire of traditional songs and more recently from other tribes in the region.


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2006-12-05

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2006-12-05

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2006-12-06




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2006-12-10

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2006-12-11

dedicated to Marik├▓ in 2006 but then only in 2010 we met this jali in Casamance. His name is Malang Diebate.

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2012-12-18

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I cannot separate my painted koras from their sounds and stories and friends.

This is what the nights sound like in Gambia where we spent two weeks in the village of Tambasansang to visit the family of our friend Omar and two weeks in Darisalam Bolombalola, Casamance, Senegambia to visit Madya's family.

On the fist track Madya is singing and Landing Kanoute plays kora and sings.

The two women singing are Bambi and Binta. We are in one of the dark rooms of the Suso's house.

The generator helped us record those nights.

The second peace is called Chedo and is played by Malang. Again we are in one of the dark rooms of the house and he is accompanied by Keidian on kora.

Both nights went on for almost three hours.

I hope you enjoy.

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2012-12-28

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JP Delaney
2012-12-28 19:56

Change yet again. Odd but I think there's much more of a sparse African feel once you removed the earlier colour. Is this what you're trying to achieve? I'm stretching it a bit now but the neck of the instrument could almost be the silhouette of an automatic rifle. I'm pretty sure that's not what you're trying to achieve. Nevertheless it does give added visual interest.

Kristina Lycke
2012-12-28 22:05

Ciao JP. Ohhh nooo, no rifle .... the kora is still a kora and I am still in an African feel ..... despite reality, which definetely is better reflected in your vision, seeing what is happening in Mali.
It just happened that I was looking at some pictures of our nights in the village and the ones I really like are black and white photos.
Then I saw your comment to Olga Okaeva's inspiring painting, Winter, which I found attractive and so that's how that whites and black arrived.
But rest assured, the studio log is finished, i'll post this as a latest update, hang the painting back on the wall where it was and I'll stop changing.....


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