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date: 14 November 2019


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


Xylophone of the Kanyok, Bushongo, Binji, Yeke, and Luluwa peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Related terms are the Luba dimba or djimba, Lunda jimba, Salampasu mdimba, and Chokwe ndjimba. The frame consists of two wooden planks, narrow side facing upward, placed parallel between the ends of a semicircular wooden bow. In the broad side of the planks are a number of holes; through these pass sticks upon which calabash resonators, each with a vibrating membrane (mirliton) covering a hole in the side, are suspended. The bars are strung together and separated from the frame by a layer of fibre padding. The number of bars varies according to the type of instrument: the Luba madimba makata, as leading or solo xylophone, has nine or ten bars, while the madimba matshetshe, the supporting instrument, has seven or eight. Among the Bushongo the madimba has nine, 12, or 13 bars, while the Luluwa instrument has 10, 12, or 13. The ...

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