The kora is a West African harp of the bridge harp, or harp lute, type. It is the most highly developed stringed instrument in Africa, and both its construction and music are unique in the world.
The kora is common among all Manding peoples. It is played by the Mandinka in Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau, the Malinke or Maninka in Guinée, the Bambara or Bamana in Mali and the Dioula in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). However, it has the greatest importance for social life in Gambia and Casamance (southern Senegal).
The kora has a centuries-old tradition and was played in earlier times at the courts of rulers, where the musicians belonged to the court.
As a harp, the kora is an independent development that only exists in West Africa. It therefore differs significantly from the usual harps not only in its construction, but also in its playing technique and the music played on it.
The kora is played with both hands using only the thumbs and index fingers. However, the strings are arranged in two parallel rows, so that each hand plays its own row of strings, the low ones with the thumb and the high ones with the index finger. This arrangement characterizes the polyphony of Kora music and facilitates the playing of single intervals as well as melody lines in parallel octaves, fifths, thirds.
Shaman drum building courses - Brigitte
Deepening and learning to play the kora with Moussa Cissokho and Josh Doughty - Franck
Franck plays bass in several African music bands (Senegal/ Kenya)
Always traveling in search for new instruments Franck & Brigitte - South Africa
Trip to Mali to deepen his knowledge of West African music - Franck
Courses in North Indian Classical Music during two years Franck & Brigitte
Course and Diploma in Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy in Nepal - Brigitte
Study of the culture and music of the indigenous people in Australia - Franck
2002 - 2003
Various courses in West African percussion in Geneva and Zurich - Franck & Brigitte
Trip to Myanmar - Burma - Franck & Brigitte
Vietnam - in search of ethnic musical instruments - Franck & Brigitte
Two months training in Burkina Faso in Djembé and Dundum playing with Hamadou Konaté - Franck & Brigitte
Visit to Peru and Mexico - Franck & Brigitte
Courses in West African music and dance in Geneva with the groups "Les Frères Coulibaly" and "Farafina "Franck & Brigitte
Street music in Switzerland and France with didgeridoo and percussion - Franck & Brigitte
First contact with the didgeridoo in Australia - Brigitte
Workshop in Guinea with Mamady Keïta and in Burkina Faso with the group "Kassama" - Franck
First contact with the didgeridoo in Senegal - Franck
First trip to Senegal and the discovery and fascination of West African music - Franck
Cuba - Santiago de Cuba - Dance and Yoruba music - Franck& Brigitte