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date: 22 November 2019

Elondja [elundja]locked

  • Ferdinand J. de Hen

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[elundja]

Clapperless iron bell of the Binja people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is about 50 to 60 cm long and usually mounted on a wooden two-pronged fork. It is hit with a wooden stick tipped with a rubber ball; the place where it is struck is generally decorated with 10 to 13 bumps hammered from the inner side. Among the Yela and Kota of the DRC, elondja denotes a clapperless bell with, instead of the fork, a simple metal hook forged in the iron. Among the Kusu elondja refers to a double clapperless bell. Formerly the elondja was owned only by a rich person or a chief, who used it to announce war or to gather people.

F.J. de Hen: Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Musikinstrumente aus Belgisch Kongo und Ruanda-Urundi (Tervuren, 1960), 42, 44, 45 G. Knosp: Enquête sur la vie musicale au Congo belge, vol.1 (Tervuren, 1968)...

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