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Title:Turning the Kora: A Case of the Norms of a Gambian Musician
Author:Aning, B.A.
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic term:Gambia
Subjects:musical instruments
Architecture and the Arts
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Of the many interesting problems that surround the twenty-one stringed 'Kora' and its tradition, the matter of establishing the norms of the tradition in such areas as tuning, performing techniques and style, is critical in view of the new pressures being exerted on the players of this instrument by social change and the contemporary world of music. This study of the tuning of the 'Rora' by one individual exponent of the tradition is the outcome of a series of sessions held with Suso, a virtuoso performer, in an attempt to discover his approach to tuning, both in theory and practice, and the norms of the tradition he learned from his father. Fig., notes.