Ngwomi [ngwim, ngwen]
- Ferdinand J. de Hen
Pluriarc of the Teke (Tegue) peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon, and the Hum, Mfinu, and Yans of the DRC. Ngwim is the Hum term, ngwen the Yans. The Teke term ngwomi denotes a large five-string instrument whose string-bearer (composed of five bows neatly tied together) and strings are almost perpendicular to its rectangular soundbox. The soundbox is traditionally made from a hollowed block of wood but nowadays is sometimes made of boards tied together with rattan; the soundboard, however, is triangular, covering the soundbox and projecting like a bird’s tail. Metal jingles on the bows produce a buzzing effect. The name ...