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date: 16 November 2019

Kudu [rapapa, baku]locked

  • K.A. Gourlay
  • , revised by Ferdinand J. de Hen


[rapapa, baku]

Bowl lyre of the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The term kudu is used by the Mundo and rapapa by the Bari; elsewhere in this area the instrument is called baku. It is found only in a small part of the DRC adjoining Uganda. As the instrument resembles the Ugandan bowl lyre in almost all respects, it may be considered part of the same complex. The roughly oval, concave soundbox can be of wood or (among the Bari) tortoise shell; when it is of wood the soundtable is made of antelope skin or (among the Logo) elephant’s ear. The instruments, 40 to 50 cm long, have arms of equal length and five to seven cowhide strings. The Hima and Mundo bowl lyres have a bridge on the soundtable, which is of antelope or reptile (snake or varan) skin. This bridge is not found on bowl lyres of the Zande and Mangbetu....

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