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date: 26 May 2020


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


Mouth bow of the Ngbaka of the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The wooden bow stick holds a liana string, which is placed between the lips without touching them. The player strikes the string with a stick in his right hand, holding the bow to his mouth with three fingers of the left hand and altering its sounding length with a second stick (or the back of a penknife) held by the thumb and forefinger. The instrument accompanies the performance of chronicles, fables, and complaints. It is also known as ...

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