After owning and playing the traditional kora that I brought home from The Gambia 11 years ago, it has since developed problems that even my stubborn will can no longer manage. It hung in there last year for a USC performance as well as for the two kora compositions on Air Plain, but even then it was undoubtedly on its last legs. The traditional kora is one of constant maintenance which requires physical force and mental willpower, the likes of which I have never known before. The rewards and challenges of owning, maintaining, and playing such an instrument have taught me invaluable lessons.

That being said, I’ve recently ordered my 2nd kora from The Gambia. It will come with machine head tuning pegs and will arrive early December. So excited, its hard to express in words, so I will wait to show you my excitement with its music. The kora is very special to me, as was my teacher and mentor, Dembo Jobarteh. I’ve felt honored to share the stories and music from The Gambia thus far and look forward to continuing soon. Stay ‘tuned’ and listen for the devils…

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3 thoughts on “Listen For the Devils…

  1. Antoine Brickey 8 years ago

    great publish, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t realize this. You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

    1. Nyvaeh 8 years ago

      If only there were more clveer people like you!

  2. Flossy 8 years ago

    Boom shlakaaka boom boom, problem solved.