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date: 15 January 2021


  • John M. Schechter


Afro-Cuban chordophone. It is made of a string of waxed twine at least 2 metres long, one end of which is attached vertically to a low tree branch or to the lintel of a door. The other end is tied to the centre of a horizontal stick or piece of cane about 40 to 50 cm long. The seated musician presses the stick down with his feet to put maximum tension on the string, which he rubs with a stone or short piece of branch, creating a strong buzzing sound. The instrument was nearly extinct in the late 20th century....

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