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date: 19 November 2019

Motutu [moturu, mbia]locked

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

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[moturu, mbia]

Side-blown waterbuck horn of the Ngbaka people in the Ubangi region, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is traditionally blown only on the death of a notable. Similar horns of the Nkundi and the Logo are known respectively as ekungu and irili. Large horns were traditionally single-note instruments used for war or funerals. Smaller ones, used for sub-chiefs and signaling, had a fingerhole; in performance, the bell was opened or closed by a hand, enabling four or more notes to be produced. These horns have a square or lozenge-shaped embouchure and sometimes also an attached wooden bell. The Eso ...

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