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date: 05 December 2019

Bombolon [kongkong, kabombolon, elembele, ebereng]locked

  • David Font-Navarrete


[kongkong, kabombolon, elembele, ebereng]

Slit drum of the Jola people of Senegal and the Gambia. A bombolon can range from 40 to 150 cm long and often has a roughly cylindrical extension carved at each end of the hollowed log beyond the longitudinal slot. It is usually placed horizontally, resting on four small feet. The two sides of the slot produce different pitches. The instrument is played exclusively by males, using wooden sticks or bare hands. It is played in wrestling music (kongkong; also sometimes the name for the associated drum), funerary music, and during male initiation/circumcision ceremonies. Bombolon is also often used as a generic term for several Jola wooden slit drums; while all these instruments appear similar, they are used for different purposes depending on whether they are consecrated or not.

L.-V. Thomas: ‘Les Diola: Essai d’analyse fonctionnelle sur une population de Basse-Casamance’ (Dakar, 1959).

See also Kabisa ; Slit drum ...

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