Listen to a sample of the Gravikord
Because its structure is different from most Western
instruments, often simple techniques can magically
lead to intricate results. Its African roots give
it a beautifully rich and fascinating rhythmic nature.
was invented and is built by Bob Grawi.
The instrument is 54 inches long, weighs approximately
5 pounds and has a welded stainless steel frame, wood
tuning block, guitar type tuning machines, and a carved
bridge with piezoelectric pickup.
The Gravikork is an electric double harp developed from
the West African kora. It has been featured in the New
York Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is a patented new
invention that has been variously described as "a harp
for a bongo player" also as "two harps on a stick to
go," or by Garrison Keilor as "A harp for active persons."
It is an electric double harp made of modern materials
in an ergonomic and minimalist design. It has a 24 string
three and one-half octave range of notes, and the
general tonal structure of an African kalimba or
imbira where notes of a scale alternate from side
to side making adjacent strings always in intervals
of major or minor thirds. This tonal arrangement
makes it a very sweet and open instrument to learn.
For more information, visit the Gravikord website