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Kora Virtuoso

Seckou Keita is a virtuoso on the kora, an ancient instrument indigenous to West Africa. He just released an album titled "22 Strings" that Errol says forces you to slow down. The kora is a harp made from the shell of a large calabash. It is covered in cow skin and has 21 strings made from nylon fishing line. In the hands of a master like Keita, this ancient instrument can produce some exquisite, meditative sounds. Keita was born in southern Senegal 31 years back. His mother was the daughter of one of that region's most renowned and revered griots. And Seckou's father was a descendant of the famous Emperor Sunjata Keita who founded the Malian Empire in the 13th century. Seckou lives in Nottingham, England, and over the years he's received rave reviews for his daring musical partnerships. Errol agrees with him when he says everyone who listens to "22 Strings" will feel they've got more time in their lives than they realized. @ErrolNazareth

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