The Musical Legacy of an African Empire: Kora Music from Senegal
A native of Senegal, West Africa, Amadou Fall comes from a family of musicians. His father, Mamadou Fall, was a guitarist who performed with well-known Senegalese musicians.
The kora is a plucked, 21-stringed instrument made of fishing line, wood, a calabash gourd, and cow hide. It is the largest and most sophisticated member of a family of West African instruments known as harp lutes.
At the age of 10, Amadou befriended a community of griots, storytellers and oral historians who play the kora. He began visiting the griots regularly, learning from them the rudiments of playing the instrument. Having fallen in love with the kora, Amadou managed to build one from scratch. From that time forward he was self-taught.
Amadou has been playing the kora now for some 20 years. He has performed extensively in Africa, including concerts with West African artists such as Baba Maal, Fatou Lowbe, Ibrahim Ba, Djembe Rhythm, Irene Tassembedo. His international tours have included visits to France, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and England, as well as Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has several albums to his credit, recorded with musicians from around the globe.
Learn more about Amadou by visiting his website, Ame Kora.
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