Calabash Size / Size of Kora


Please note: the size of a calabash is not the sole determining factor for the quality of the sound! It is a misconception that koras with large bodies have ‘better’ sound, (whatever that is).

We here at Kumbengo Koras think that the best sounds result from expertly built instruments with carefully selected materials.

But, the size of the calabash can add a certain flavor.

The current trend among professional players is towards small and mid-sized koras.

When deciding on the size of a kora, consider the practical aspects first, such as the ease of playing, storage and transport, we will do the rest and build a beautiful sounding instrument for you, regardless of calabash size.

Kumbengo Koras Pro-Models are available in 4 sizes: small, medium, large and X-large

Please refer to the image below for dimensions. The measurement used is that of the largest diameter, the greatest distance across the calabash. (not to be confused with the length of the crossbar)

We will gladly advise you on pros and cons in a consultation call.

Kora Sizes:

Below are drawings and approximate measurements of the four Kumbengo Kora sizes.

(Note: dimensions are those of the maximum possible length/diameter within the given size)

The Weight of a Kumbengo Kora is typically between 5lbs/2.5kg and 10lbs/4.5kg, depending on size and wood species used.