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Kora, Ngoni, Bolon, Riti and others Griot instruments

African String Instruments

African string instruments are the traditional melody and accompaniment instruments of the griots. An indispensable part of African culture and an inspiration for many of our modern string instruments. The ngoni, for example, is proven to be the ancestor of the banjos.

Mélodie de Chasseur

The 8-string Kamale Ngoni bridge harp, also called Kamalen N'Goni or Donso Ngoni, is the traditional instrument of the hunters in Mali. It consists of an extra strong giant pumpkin, which is covered with an extra strong goat skin and has a hardwood neck with a modern metal peg mechanism. The strings are arranged in two rows.

The most common tuning of the strings is pentatonic in the Wassulu tradition. Starting with the deepest and longest string:
B - D - E - F # - A - B - D - E
Alternatively, you can also use other moods such as:
A - C - D - E - G - A - C - D
In Burkina Faso you can also find:
D - E - G - A - C - D - E - G

Size approx.
115 cm L
38 cm wide
44 cm h
8 strings
1.5 kg

Professionally built, exceptionally well carved, superbly smooth finished, with metal guitar tuning keys.

Kora Noir

The African kora, also known as the magic harp or bridge harp, is the traditional favorite instrument of the West African griots. The sound of these instruments, which are plucked with both hands, is reminiscent of a melange of harp and guitar. The strings are arranged in two rows, the bridge is perpendicular to the membrane. Originally the strings were twisted from the skin of female antelopes, today kora strings are made from nylon in different lengths and strengths.

We are offering a beautiful one-off piece with a neck made of solid rosewood. This kora was made with an extra strong calabash from Mali, which is covered with a very robust white cowhide as a sound membrane. This kora is equipped with 21 strings on modern European quality tuning machines. It not only sounds fantastically beautiful from a purely acoustic point of view, it also has a built-in pickup with a jack socket for the optional amplifier connection and a volume control knob. A tuner is included. We also provide you with instructions to play and get to know you with two different voice notations and an explanation of which replacement strings are best.

Size approx.
112 cm L
36 cm wide
32 cm Ø calabash
32 cm h
21 strings
3.5 kg

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We explain how to tune a Kora under the heading "Kora Tuning" on our Know-How page at the bottom.

Professionally built, exceptionally well carved, superbly smooth finished, with metal guitar tuning keys.



The percussion calabash from the video called Takamba is available on our Waterdrum page: Takamba drum

Heaven Deluxe

A sound like in heaven :-) The African kora, also known as the magic harp or bridge harp, is the traditional favorite instrument of the West African griots. The sound of these instruments, which are plucked with both hands, is reminiscent of a melange of harp and guitar. The strings are arranged in two rows, the bridge is perpendicular to the membrane. Originally the strings were twisted from the skin of female antelopes, today kora strings are made from nylon in different lengths and strengths.

We are offering a wonderfully beautiful one-off piece with a neck made of solid rosewood. This kora was made with an extra strong calabash from Mali and it is equipped with 21 strings on modern European quality tuning machines. We also provide you with instructions to play and get to know you with two different voice notations and an explanation of which replacement strings are best.

Size approx.
114 cm L
46 cm wide
44 cm Ø calabash
38 cm h
21 strings
3.8 kg

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We explain how to tune a Kora under the heading "Kora Tuning" on our Know-How page at the bottom.

Professionally built, exceptionally well carved, superbly smooth finished, with metal guitar tuning keys.

Kora Baringo

The African kora, also known as the magic harp or bridge harp, is the traditional favorite instrument of the West African griots. The sound of these instruments, which are plucked with both hands, is reminiscent of a melange of harp and guitar. The strings are arranged in two rows, the bridge is perpendicular to the membrane. Originally the strings were twisted from the skin of female antelopes, today kora strings are made from nylon in different lengths and strengths.

We are offering a particularly unique piece with a bridge cushion and lower neck decorated with the pattern of the Baringo giraffe. A homage to the African wilderness and the beauty of its nature.

The long neck is made of solid, white maple wood. The handle bars and the bridge are made of light beech wood. This kora was made with a strong calabash from Mali, which is covered with a very robust white cowhide as a sound membrane. This kora is equipped with 21 strings on modern European quality tuning machines. In addition, it has another prepared tuning mechanism with which it can be converted into a 22-string kora with two bass strings in no time at all. It not only sounds fantastically beautiful from a purely acoustic point of view, it also has a built-in pickup with a jack socket for the optional amplifier connection and a volume control knob. You will also receive a tuner as well as playing and familiarization instructions with two different voice notations and an explanation of which replacement strings are best.

Size approx.
120 cm L
40 cm w
35 cm Ø calabash
34 cm h
21 strings
3.7 kg

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We explain how to tune a Kora under the heading "Kora Tuning" on our Know-How page at the bottom.

Professionally built, exceptionally well carved, superbly smooth finished, with metal guitar tuning keys.


Bamako

4-string Djeli Ngoni with a resonance body made from a hollowed-out, solid piece of Lenké wood, covered with a cowhide and tuned with a metal peg mechanism. The handle is also made of solid Lenké wood. The most frequently used tuning of the strings is, starting from bottom to top, D (high), E (high), E (low), A (low) for the shortest string.

Size approx.
79 cm L
15 cm wide
11 cm h
4 strings
1.5 kg

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The Djeli Ngoni is the ancestor of the modern banjos, which the American slaves further developed from their African roots. The sound is vaguely reminiscent of the sound of an electric guitar.

Professionally built, exceptionally well carved, superbly smooth finished, with metal guitar tuning keys. The most widely used tuning for this instrument, starting at the shortest string from bottom to top, is D (high), E (high), E (low), A (low).

Bassekou Kouyate plays the 4-string Djeli Ngoni with a leather strap tuning device, as offered by us above. The percussion calabash from the video called Takamba is available on our Waterdrum page: Takamba drum

Bass Deluxe

5-string bass ngoni with a resonance body made of a hollowed out, solid piece of rosewood wood with professional modern metal peg mechanics. The fingerboard is not just veneered, as is usually the case with guitars, but also made of solid rosewood.

Size approx.
105 cm L
14 cm wide
10 cm h
5 strings
3 kg

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This is the modern further development of the 'Ngoni Ba' from Mali. The invention of this instrument probably goes back to Bassekou Kouyate, who made Mali's traditional string music famous around the world.

Professionally build, very solid body, well carved, smooth finished, with metal guitar tuning keys.

Magic Bass

You won't let go of this ancient instrument. Very, very sensual! Bolon with a mystically enchanting, ultra deep bass sound that really gets under your skin. The 3-string bolon, also known as the African bow harp, consists of a strong giant pumpkin strung with a goat hat and with a curved neck. The strings are made from twisted goat skin strips.

Size approx.
115 cm L
38 cm wide
40 cm h
3 strings
2 kg

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As a spherical addition to its magical sound, also with rattle plate attachment on request.

Professionally built, superbly smooth finished, with natural twisted skin strings.

Bird song

African bamboo, hollowed out and decorated. Generates the typical African flute sound.

Size approx.
45 cm L
3 cm wide
150 g
4 +1 holes

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The game is not that easy and requires a little practice.

Smooth finished, with leather and cauri shells.

Tuareg

The sound is very special, rough, floating and rich in overtones. The riti is made from half a pumpkin covered with goat skin and a rosewood neck. The bow and string are made of horsehair.

Size approx.
50 cm L
35 cm w
10 cm h
1 strings
500 g

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The one-sided African violin is one of the traditional instruments of the Tuareg from the Sahara.


Smooth finished, with string and bow made from horse hair.