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(21 Strings)
Many find the traditional Kora very difficult to tune due to the nature of the old tuning system. Traditional Koras are built with leather rings which the strings are then wound around. Tuning the these Koras entails learning how to push these sometimes stiff rings up and down the pole with precision. Given that there are 21 strings on a kora this can prove a tricky job for those new to the intrument, and without guidance many can become very frustrated. The machine-head Kora is a brilliant solution to this problem. Instead of leather rings, guitar tuning heads are used which means that all one needs to do to tune the instrument is turn the peg.
What makes these koras different

These machine-head koras offer a perfect balance for those looking for a Kora that still offers the sound and warmth of the traditional Koras, but would like an instrument that is much easier to tune. Unlike many machine-head koras sold in the west, all our Koras are built in West Africa using the ancient, traditional building techniques which result in beautiful sound quality. The new neck and machine heads are then fitted in the United Kingdom in a style in-keeping with the construction methods used in building the traditional model.
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A customised kora offers you the option of extending the range of the instrument by adding extra bass or treble strings to the existing 21. You can specify what notes you would like to be added, and we will liaise with you to confirm the best possible option to suit your needs.

The customized kora will entail extending the neck of the instrument to accommodate the extra strings, as well as a custom-made bridge featuring extra notches. Additionally the bridge can be made to suit your hand size.



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This convenient Kora case provides the perfect solution for travelling as well as storing your Kora. Fitted with a rucksack-type strap at the back, this bag allows you to carry your kora on your back with ease. The bags are lined with foam to help protect the kora whilst on the go.

These bags are made with traditional african fabric, which come in a varied range of attractive patterns, designs and colours. All our cases are made in the Gambia by hand-picked taylors, in our aim to support local business and trade.

These cases are each custom made to fit the unique dimensions of your Kora. We can also make ones to fit Koras with extra long poles. You can also request aditional features such as pockets on the inside of the case.

If you would like to purchase a case for an exiting kora, please submit your kora measurements using the online form by clicking here.
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Buy Kora Strings

£2.99 - £19.99  

This is a complete set of 21 professional quality nylon Kora strings. They can be used on both traditional Koras and pegged/machine head Koras. The set is made up of 7 packets - each containing a different thickness of string. Instructions on where to fit each thickness of string onto your instrument is detailed on the back of each string packet.

You have a choice of purchasing the whole set, or individual string packets if you wish to replace just one or a few strings on your Kora. Please contact us to let us know which strings you would like to replace and we will let you know which string thickness you will need.

Two extra strings are included in the packs containing thinner strings as complimentary.

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£2.99 / £19.99

Buy Kora Bridge

The bridge is a very important part of the kora. One that is not sized to suit your hands can result in difficulty reaching certain strings and can lead to hand strain.

Ordering a custom made bridge will allow you to tailor your Kora to suit your own needs. You may just want to replace an old bridge, or add extra strings, or perhaps your current bridge is too large for your hands, or too small. By ordering a custom made bridge you can have a bridge that is tailored to your personal hand-size and reach.
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A wide range of tuners have been tried and tested for their performance with the Kora, and this model has come out on top. It is a clip-on chromatic tuner that is perfect for use with the Kora. Unlike a guitar tuner it picks up all the notes of the kora with ease and clarity,, and can be conveniently clipped onto different areas of the Kora such as the sound hole, bridge or handles.

It is simple to use, featuring a clear display that tells you whether to tune up or down to reach the desired note. The central bar turns green when the right note is reached.

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