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date: 16 November 2019


  • Ferdinand J. de Hen


Lamellaphone of the Kwango and Kasayi regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The body is made from three pieces of very soft wood, nailed together with long wooden nails. It measures about 30 by 13 cm and has 8 to 20 wooden or bamboo tongues. Sometimes it is held in a calabash as a resonator, or a calabash can be attached on a stick, to enhance its sonority....

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