Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.5
Area: Sanlong region, Southeast Guizhou Province.
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: The Beeba is a lute played by the Kam [Dong] minority people in Southwest China. Names vary with dialect and instrument. Examples from the Sanlong region, Southeast Guizhou Province are called “beeba ning” small beeba from 68 cm to 92 cm, 11 cm to 20 cm at the body. Large Beeba are called “beeba lao, their dimensions are measured to be 114 cm in length and 25 cm wide at the body. The name beeba might be a loan word from the Han Chinese pipa.
The pegbox, neck and thick oval or heart-shaped body are carved from a single piece of fir or other locally available wood. Five or more sound holes are cut into the sound-board.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: by Catherine Ingram & Wu Zhicheng / Oxfordmusiconline.com / Beeba article ;