Kora and Harp Music. West African and Celtic Music

In this section you will find songs (own ones and traditional ones) played on Kora or/and Harp. Tunes from the west african manding tradition and from the celtic irish, scottish and welsh folk music heritage… Hope you enjoy them √

Erin My favorite song from the american harpist and songwritter Joanna Newsom… Magical sweet song that the harpist dedicated to her little sister: Erin.

Dedicated to: Romina R., Diana R., Joanna N… y a mi “Fuckal Dystonia “.
Publ. 2018.07 / Price: 2 eur.

Massane Cisse. Little ‘meditative’ version of this Manding Traditional Tune… based on Ablayé Cissoko super lovely version I recorded this one while studing the song (still on it).

Dedicated to: Ablayé C. and Juan.
Publ. 2016.11 | Price: 1 eur.

Allah la ke II = “God willed it…” Here I play Alhaji Bai Konte’s version (the one I love the most)… I admire it’s fast playing without loosing any feeling but just the opposite giving extra one on the contrasts between fast attacks and calm parts of the song.

Dedicated to: Bai K., Laura B. and Rockers L. S.
Publ. 2016.06 | Price: 3 eur.

Allah la ke I. Considered to be one of the most important and auspicious tunes in the Kora traditional repertoire, partly because of the religious significance of the refrain, which says that man cannot undo the work of God: “God wished it… All things can be changed… but not the wish of God”.

Dedicated to: Batorou Seckou K., Herlad L. and Caroline T. | Publ. 2014 | Price: 3 eur.

Cro Cinn t’Saile (Jro Jin Tail). Traditional scottish song arranged by Alison Kinnaird (clàrsach harper). The song sings about the Bards wishing to return to their green homeland in Kintail (Scotland).

Dedicated to: Alison K. and Laura B.
Publ. 2013 | 1,50 eur.

Aeolian Frank. Synthesised Harp Variations on Frank Sievert’s Eolian Harp recordings (background’s harmonic sounds of his mesmerizing Wind Harps).
Composed following the feeling on the go. All-sounds are from ‘raw’ Harp recoding later on arranged and shaped by software in post edition.

Dedicated to: Frank S., Brian E. (and “Garage in a Band” soft).
Publ. 2013 | 1,50 eur.

Under study process (excerpts)…

Salama. Based on a poignant love song called ‘Tita’. Toumani Diabate created this version to reflect the original song feeling about the power, intensity and flickleness of love so readily betrayed.
Version from Toumani’s Diabate repertoire more popularized as ‘Jarabi’ wich is played in major harmonics. Toumani dedicated this version to Malian patron “Salama Sow”.

Publ. 2015.10 | Price: 1 eur.

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