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Bandiri  

Set of two or more single-headed frame drums, with or without circular metal jingles, and a kettledrum used by members of the k’adiriyya Islamic sect of northern Nigeria. It accompanies the zikiri (creed formula by which a person acknowledges that he is a Muslim). The frame drum is held in the left hand and beaten with the fingers of the right....

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Heather Laurel

Rock group formed in 1991 by the songwriter Dave (David John) Matthews (b Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 Jan 1967; guitar and vocals) in Charlottesville, Virginia. Matthews recruited Carter Beauford (b Charlottesville, 2 Nov 1957; drums and vocals), LeRoi Moore (b Durham, NC, ...

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Dyegele  

Konin Aka

Term for a xylophone or ensemble of xylophones and kettledrums of the Senufo people in the Korhogo region of the Ivory Coast. The ensemble normally comprises three or four frame xylophones, each with 12 bars slung on cords attached to the frame at each end. Under each bar is a gourd resonator with spider’s web mirliton. All the xylophones have the same pentatonic tuning; they are accompanied by three wooden kettledrums. The players wear iron jingles on their wrists. The ...

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Eluma  

Ferdinand J. de Hen

Stopped flute ensemble of the Amba and Yira peoples of the border region of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The individual pipes are made from a plant locally known as lumaluma. The stopped lower ends of the pipes are decorated with tufts of animal hair or tassels of raffia, and Amba pipes are sometimes covered with plaited raffia. The instruments are played by men and boys, for various social and ceremonial occasions. Players dance in a circle around an ensemble of drums; participation is usually restricted to members of the same extended family or warrior group. Mbuti Pygmies in the same area also play similar pipes....

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Ronald Kinloch Anderson and Tully Potter

English string quartet. It was founded in 1928 by Sidney Griller (b London, 10 Jan 1911; d London, 20 Nov 1993); Jack O'Brien (b Grahamstown, South Africa, 25 Oct 1909); Philip Burton (b Daventry, 1 May 1907; d Berkeley, CA, ...

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It was founded in 1954 by musicologist Hugh Tracey at Roodepoort, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on the basis of the archive of recordings of traditional and popular African music which he had made since 1929 in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), South Africa and elsewhere in southern Africa. His research was sponsored from ...

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Ferdinand J. de Hen

Obscure stopped flute ensemble of the Pende people of the southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ensemble comprises five cylindrical tubes of bamboo or cane of graduated lengths and pitches, presumably played in hocket.

J.-S. Laurenty: La systématique des aérophones de l’Afrique centrale (Tervuren, 1974), 208....

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Daniel Avorgbedor

Orchestra founded in 1988 in Accra, Ghana, under the leadership of its conductor and founder Nana Danso Abiam. The orchestra of approximately 28 instrumentalists is guided by a creative and practical philosophy that calls for a return to indigenous traditions and resources. The leader integrates music, musical instruments and performers from various ethnic groups and from various African countries; financial limitations constrain the hiring and use of musicians and musical instruments from several African countries, however. The Ghanaian government, especially the Commission on Culture, actively supports both the ideals of the former President Kwame Nkrumah, a leader in the Pan-African and African Personality movement, and the related philosophy and objectives of the Pan-African Orchestra. Abiam composes and arranges most of the music, which is closely related to indigenous practices. Instruments of the orchestra include a variety of original African instruments: ...

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SAMRO  

South African Music Rights Organisation. See Copyright (under South Africa).