Paragon Heartwood Mali Kora – 20 String – Peg Tuned

This professional kora (CORE-uh) is among the best available anywhere in the US, with superior craftsmanship and materials.


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Product Description

This professional Paragon Heartwood Mali Kora (CORE-uh) is among the best traditional, imported available anywhere in the US, with superior craftsmanship and materials. The kora is a Mande stringed instrument, like a combination between the lute and the harp, with a classical guitar-like sound quality, played throughout western Africa. Main components are large half-gourd, notched floating bridge, full-length neck, decorated hand posts, and key-tuned tensioning. It is played by holding the instrument facing you, holding hand posts with both hands, and plucking the strings with thumbs and fingers.


  • Built to professional musician standards by expert artisans in Mali using traditional methods
  • Thick calabash half-gourd body, 20-22″ wide, 10-11″ deep, with large bass hole
  • Goatskin covering, attached with decorative tacks and additional tack designs
  • 6″ notched floating hardwood bridge with carved decoration
  • 21 fish-line strings of variable thicknesses attached with metal base ring and guitar-like tuning keys
  • Carved solid hardwood neck extending 32-34″ out from gourd
  • Being a stringed instrument, this kora will require tuning after shipping

For materials on playing the Kora, please visit The Kora Workshop<border=”0″>.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
PKORAM ~52"x22"x17" The kora is an ancient Mande 20 string harp. $1,200




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