Monday, February 2, 2015

Kora Player for the Africans Ballets in Guinea

République Populaire Révolutionnaire de Guinee
Les Ballets Africains (Joueur de cora)

Translation:
Popular Revolutionary Republic of Guinea
Ballets Africans (Kora Player)

This postcard is postmarked din 1984 with two stamps from Guinea 

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The kora is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa.

It is a harp built from a large calabash gourd cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck.  It doesn't fit into any one category of musical instruments, but rather several, and must be classified as a "double-bridge-harp-lute." The strings run in two divided ranks, making it a double harp. They do not end in a soundboard but are held in notches on a bridge, making it a bridge harp. They originate from a string arm or neck and cross a bridge directly supported by a resonating chamber, making it a lute too.
Guinea (Guinee) stamp 1982
Coupe du Monde de Football Espana
(FIFA World Cup Soccer, Spain) 9 s
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Guinea (Guinee) stamp 1983
 25 Anniversaire de L'Independance, 1 s
(The 25th Anniversary of Independence)
Conakry - La Mosquee
(Conakry Grand Mosque)

1 comment:

kingway Kinga said...

Amazing card with local people!