Name: Hoddu.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Gambia, Senegal, Guinea & Mali.
Region: West Africa.

Description: The hoddu a lute played by the Fulani people across many countries throughout West Africa from Gambia, Senegal, Guinea and Mali. In terms of organology the closest relatives of the hoddu include the N’goni [Mali], Xalam [Gambia, Senegal] Tidinit [Mauritania]. These instruments and their relatives are the closest candidates for the predecessor of the banjo as they share some construction methods in common.

Construction: The hoddu is constructed from a carved wooden boat-like or trough shaped body, a neck with a tapered shaft is inserted through a hole in the wooden body. It is affixed together by the tension of the bridge and five nylon strings. The body is completed by a finely stitched with animal hide membrane.

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