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date: 14 November 2019

N’jarka [sokou]locked

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[sokou]

Single-string fiddle of Mali. The resonator is a half calabash shell, its opening covered by a skin soundtable. Horsehair can be used for the string and the bow. The instrument is said to have been introduced to Mali by Muslims from Andalusia and to have been played by women and bards, but evidence is lacking. It was popularized in the late 20th century by the eclectic musician Ali Farka Touré....

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