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date: 15 December 2019


  • Monique Brandily


Plucked half-spiked lute of the Teda people of Tibesti, northern Chad. It has a hemispherical soundbox about 20 cm in diameter made from gourd, wood, or an enamel bowl. According to the type of music played it has two or three strings. The neck is inserted through a slot in the laced camel-skin soundtable, its lower end projecting as far as the circular soundhole in the skin. The strings are nowadays often of nylon instead of goat or gazelle sinew but they are still fastened to the upper end of the neck by the traditional method with leather tuning thongs, and attached to the lower end of the neck down through the soundhole. A bridge is formed by rolling back, over a twig, a tongue of the skin that was cut to make the soundhole. The chegeni, played by male professional and amateur musicians, is similar. That of the Kanemba people has two strings, and that of the Daza has a much shorter third string plucked intermittently as a drone....

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