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date: 23 October 2019

Caramba [quijongo, zambumbia, arpaché, marimbaché].locked

  • Andrés Amado
  •  and John M. Schechter



Musical bow of Central America, notably Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Probably of African provenance, it consists of a wooden bow about 170 cm long, a gourd resonator, and a string. The string is struck with a stick and resonated by the gourd and the player’s mouth. Possibly obsolete nowadays, it was significant during the colonial period and throughout the 19th century, when it accompanied dance dramas that are now nearly extinct. It is called ...

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