Most Malinké live in family-related compounds in traditional rural villages. Malinké villages are fairly autonomous and self-ruled, being led by a chief and group of elders. Malinké live in an oral society. Learning is traditionally done through stories, songs and proverbs. The Malinké have a rich oral history that is passed down through griots. This passing down of oral history through music has made music one of the most distinctive traits of the Malinké. They have long been known for their drumming and also for their unique musical instrument, the kora. The kora is a twenty-one-stringed guitar-like instrument made out of a halved, dried, hollowed-out gourd covered with cow or goat skin. The strings are made of fishing line. It is played to accompany a griot’s singing or simply on its own. famous musicians include Toumani Diabaté and Salif Keita.
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