Monday, February 2, 2015

Kora Player for the Africans Ballets in Guinea

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

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!