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Madimbalocked

  • K.A. Gourlay
  •  and Ferdinand J. de Hen

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Xylophone of the Kanyok, Bushongo, Binji, Yeke, and Luluwa peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Related terms are the Luba dimba or djimba, Lunda jimba, Salampasu mdimba, and Chokwe ndjimba. The frame consists of two wooden planks, narrow side facing upward, placed parallel between the ends of a semicircular wooden bow. In the broad side of the planks are a number of holes; through these pass sticks upon which calabash resonators, each with a vibrating membrane (mirliton) covering a hole in the side, are suspended. The bars are strung together and separated from the frame by a layer of fibre padding. The number of bars varies according to the type of instrument: the Luba ...

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