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date: 16 November 2019


  • K.A. Gourlay
  • , revised by Ferdinand J. de Hen


(1) Portable calabash-resonated frame xylophone of the Togbo and Mono peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Mono also call this instrument karangba; the Ngbandi call it kalangwa or menza gwe, and the Gobu baza. These xylophones resemble the madimba (see Madimba (i) ) but each bar has its own isolating cushion, instead of a strip of fibre, to separate it from the wooden frame. Some Ngbandi and Togbo instruments have nine or ten bars; smaller Ngbandi and the Yakpa instruments have five.

(2) Portable ten-bar xylophone of the Linda of the Central African Republic. The bars are strung together by a raffia suspension rope and are mounted on a frame containing calabash resonators. The bars are struck with two beaters. The instrument is used to accompany dancing.

(3) Small five-bar portable xylophone of the Ndokpa of the Central African Republic. It is used for playing dance rhythms, sometimes with another xylophone, the ...

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