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12:00 AM, March 05, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 05, 2011

Getting Acquainted with Kora


Photo: Golam Mahbub

Kora, a 21-string bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa, is not familiar to Bangladeshis. It creates sounds that resemble that of a harp, though when played in traditional style, Kora bears a closer resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar techniques. A Kora-player uses thumb and index finger of both hands to pluck the strings to create music. On March 3, British-born West African instrumentalist Tunde Jegede performed some Kora scores at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Drik and Culturepot Global arranged the event, where a couple of docu-films on Jegede and the instrument were also screened.

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