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date: 14 November 2019

Motlhatsalocked

  • Jeremy Montagu

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Flute of the Tswana people of southern Africa. It is made of hardwood, shaped to a cone, split, conically grooved to form the bore, reunited, and then covered by a tubular section of antelope-leg skin, which shrinks as it dries. A feather treated with ‘medicine’ is kept inside it. The instrument is blown while placed on the hollowed tongue, and is very difficult to play. A series of pitches is obtained by opening and closing a small hole in the end. It is a warrior’s instrument, also used as a summons to meetings, and a valued personal possession. It resembles the Pedi ...

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