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date: 06 December 2019

Ikokole [y’embambo]locked

  • Ferdinand J. de Hen

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[y’embambo]

Improvised xylophone of the Nkundo and Yela peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The name means ‘small lokole of the parasol tree’. Two pieces of soft wood (usually from the parasol tree) are laid across two banana tree stems and are struck instead of a small slit drum for transmitting messages over short distances. The ...

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