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Sidikiba's Kora Lesson

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Ten year-old Sidikiba is about to be initiated into the world of the kora, a twenty-one stringed West African harp performed by his family for seventy generations. To become a kora player, like his father and grandfather before him, Sidikiba must honor and respect the wisdom of his elders, trust in the mystical secrets of his community, and, above all else, be patient and ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 19th 2008 by Beaver's Pond Press (first published October 1st 2008)
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Paul Kaefer
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story that I had heard about from this Wikipedia article:

There's a wonderful music CD that accompanies the book. Locations where individual songs are mentioned in the text also points to the relevant track on the disc.
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This is the story of a young boy named Sidikiba who lives in a small town in West Africa. He is the descendant of Jeli Mady Wuleng who, as Maude legend says, was a bard and storyteller who discovered the kora. The kora is a harp played by the Maude people of West Africa. When Sidikiba finds his father’s gift of a new kora, he is told it is time to carry on the tradition to play for his people. Sidikiba learns not only to be patient and to practice playing his kora every day, but he learns that h ...more
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