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  • J. Gansemans
  •  and Ferdinand J. de Hen


Small wooden slit drum of the Yaka, Suku, Pende, Ngongo, and Mbala peoples of the Lower Congo and Kwango areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It belongs to local doctors and diviners who attempt to contact spirits with it and request answers to the questions of their clients. As a two-toned instrument, the aspect of ‘talking’ and ‘giving a message’ is predominant. It usually has a cylindrical soundbox from 45 to 55 cm long with a carved anthropomorphic head as the handle; this head symbolizes the spirit. Other names reported by Laurenty for this instrument among other peoples of the DRC are ...

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