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date: 16 December 2019

Ekidi [kpai]locked

  • Ferdinand J. de Hen

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[kpai]

Board zither of the Mamvu, Bari, and Budu peoples of the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It usually has five parallel strings of rattan that are plucked with a small wooden plectrum. Small board zithers like the ekidi (about 20 by 50 cm) often have a calabash resonator. Larger board zithers can have 12 to 20 strings divided in two groups....

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