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date: 13 November 2019


  • Ferdinand J. de Hen


Mirliton of the Mbae people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is made from a hollow stem (about 30 cm long) of the umbrella tree, one end of which is covered with a dried leaf or a thick spider web. The other end is left open. The player sings or shouts into a lateral hole. Used in connection with initiation rituals, it is said to produce the voice of the spirit Kabile. (...

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