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Lamellophones

Lamellophones

A lamellophone is any instrument that has a series of thin plates, or tongues. Each of which is fixed at one end and the other end of the plat remains free. When the musician depresses the free end of the plate with a finger or fingernail, and then allows for the finger to slip off. The released plate vibrates producing sound.

The instrument has a series of thin plates, or “tongues”, each of which is fixed at one end and has the other end free. When the musician depresses the free end of a plate with a finger or fingernail, and then allows the finger to slip off, the released plate vibrates.

Lamellophones by their construction are equipped with one or more tongues or lamellar that produce sound from being plucked by the performer. There are two main categories of plucked idiophones that are in the form of a frame [121] or in the form of a comb [122.].

Oopoochawa

Name: Oopoochawa.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Lamellophones > Combs.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 122.1
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Country: Argentina.
Region:  South America.

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Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Cirio, Norberto Pablo. “Tinta Negra En El Gris De Ayer.” Investigaciones De La Biblioteca Nacional 0.0 [2009]: n. pag. Web ;

Agidigbo

Name: Agidigbo.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Lamellophones > Combs.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 122.1
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Country: Nigeria.
Region:  Africa.

Description: the agidigbo is a large plucked lamellophone that is played by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It is worn around the neck of the player who then supports or braces the instrument. The body of the agidigbo is a rectangular wooden box that is by his chest or thoracic region.

The agidigbo is most popular in the Ibadan and Ijebu areas of Yorubaland. The drummer Babatunde Olatunji famously played an agidigbo on “Oyin Momo Ado” [Sweet as Honey] which is track 7 on his 1959 Drums of Passion album.

Playing Techniques: The player wears a thick “ring” usually a bottle neck, on his thumb, which he uses to tap the sides of the wooden box. He then uses his ten fingers to pluck the instruments metal tongues, producing very sonorous tones as he accompanies a sekera, waka or apala band.

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Mbira

Name: Mbira.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Lamellophones > Combs.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 122.1
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Country: Zimbabwe.
Region:  Africa.

Mbira
Mbira ~ Photographed by Graeme Gibson @ Horniman Museum, London, UK 2019 ;

Description: The Mbira [pronounced as m’ beer a]  is family of plucked lamellophones that are found in Zimbabwe. They are played by the Shona people and are considered traditional. Mbira consist of a wooden board often fitted with a resonator usually of gourd. It is attached with staggered metal tines.

It is often an important instrument played at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings.

Playing Technique: The mbira is held between the left and right hand. It is plucked mostly with the fingers and thumbs at a minimum. The right fore finger for most mbira and sometimes the left fore finger. The Mbira is often accompanied by a rattle made of gourd called a hosho.

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Citation: Bibliography: The Soul of Mbira by Paul F. Berliner ~ University of California Press Berkeley 94720 – ISBN: 0-520-04268-9 Websites: