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date: 22 November 2019

Ati [≠ati]locked

  • David K. Rycroft

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Stopped flute ensemble of the Nama Hottentot (Khoikhoi) people of southern Africa. Like the adi of the related Korana people these ensembles are now obsolete; but there are many 17th- and 18th-century descriptions, and the Tswana people still perform a similar flute dance. The flutes were made of bark from the roots of the giraffe acacia, or from reed. They had a movable tuning plug in the lower end, but no fingerholes. Each flute yielded just one note, and they were played in hocket fashion, by men, while dancing in a circle....

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