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Unformatted text preview: Epics are said to be sung only by men. I think that these unique people we call griots need to continue their paralleled existence with us on earth. It allows for an outsiders point of view in the sense that their view of reality has been passed down within a tight knit community. Section II Cora Connection The Kora is a West African harp lute, popular in Gambia and Senegal. The Kora has a skin stretched across a large gourd, a wooden neck and gut or nylon fishwire strings stretched across a tall bridge. Played somewhat like a harp, the Kora is one of the most popular instruments of its culture. Then there is the Balaphone, which is simply a West African xylophone: set of three: bass, mid range, and a high one for soloing. There are not many instruments similar to a Balaphone but I suppose if there were some they would be the xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, and the vibraphone. These are all examples of he idiophone family of tuned percussion....
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- Spring '08