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date: 15 December 2019


  • David K. Rycroft


Braced mouth bow of the Herero and Damara (Nama) peoples of southwestern Africa. It is often adapted from a hunting bow (which bears the same name). The stave is held against the player’s slightly parted lips while the string is struck with a thin stick. Mouth-resonated harmonics are used melodically. Among the Damara it is also known as ...

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P.R. Kirby: The Musical Instruments of the Native Races of South Africa (London, 1934, 2/1965)