Kora

PHOTO ESSAY: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

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January 22, 2014
Catrin Finch (L) & Seckou Keita (R)

12►   In July 2013, I asked Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita if I could steal some of their time for a photo session. Both were pretty busy at that time so I was grateful to them for indulging my whim. It was one of those beautiful and blisteringly hot summer days, and the...
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FINDING THE ONE : ‘If your name is Keita, you’re still royalty’

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January 22, 2014
FINDING THE ONE - Front Cover

It was only after he’d started living in Europe and having kids of his own, that Seckou Keita started to wonder about his father. “I was in that mood,” he says, “I just wanted to find out.” He hadn’t seen him for about thirty years, but he was in touch with an uncle, his...
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FINDING THE ONE : ‘How the kora came to mankind’

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January 6, 2014
FINDING THE ONE - Front Cover

No one is one hundred precent sure of how or when the kora came into being. Strangely, the first person to ever mention it was a Scotsman by the name of Mungo Park, who wrote about it in his Travels In the Interior Districts of Africa, published in 1799.  Park was commissioned by Sir...
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TOUMANI DIABATE – 71 generations behind him but still looking ahead

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January 18, 2011
Toumani Diabate (Youri Lenquette) with Alexander McQueen suit mid shot thumbnail

Son of the great Sidiki Diabate, the father of the modern kora, Toumani is 71st in a direct line of griots that stretches back to the reign of the great medieval Emperor Sudjata Keita.
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