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date: 11 December 2019


  • Ferdinand J. de Hen


Lamellaphone of the Ngombe people of the north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Bangala call it ekumbe. It has metal tongues and an elliptical soundtable sewn onto a tortoise carapace or hollowed piece of wood serving as a resonator. In the past, sometimes a human or monkey skull was used as a resonator, especially among the Lokele....

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