Name: Cifteli.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Tuning: B / E in fourths.
Country: Albania, Kosovo & Southern Montenegro.
Region: Balkans, South Eastern Europe.

Description: The çifteli [in plural çiftelia; erroneously qifteli, Albanian: “doubled” or “double stringed”] is a plucked string instrument, with only two strings. Played mainly by the Gheg people of northern and central Albania, Southern Montenegro and Kosovo.


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