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date: 19 November 2019

Gongophonelocked

  • Gerhard Kubik

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Set of horizontally mounted struck bells invented in 1966 by the Ewe artist, inventor, and musician Hubert Kponton (1905–81) of Lomé, Togo. It employs traditional flange-welded single bells (gakókwé) of the Ewe people, arranged chromatically in piano-key order and struck with two sticks. The idea came to Kponton from the Western piano, and from xylophones he saw at the first Festival des Arts Nègres at Dakar in ...

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