Segankuru

Name: Segankuru.
Type: Chordophones > Zithers > Trough.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 315
Country: South Africa.
Region: Africa.

Description: The segankuru is a bowed trough zither of the Tswana people in Southern Arica. This instrument is also known as the sekebogobo or setseketke by the Pedi [Northern Sotho] people. In its simplest form, now obsolete. It was identical to the Tshidzholo played by the Venda people, employing mouth resonance. Nowadays resonance is supplied by an empty one-gallon paraffin can placed over the back end, which projects over the player’s left shoulder.

Performing practice is otherwise the same as the tshidzholo. Harmonics are elicited through elective bowing technique, and are used melodically for solo playing or to accompany the players singing. Players are always male. Related instruments are the saws, sikhelekehle, Mpondo isigankuri and the Zulu udloko.

Citations: Bibliography: Kirby, MISA, 215, 217, pll. 59, 61 ; Stanley Sadie ~ New Grove Dictionary of Music, Vol. 3 Book P to z, Page 342 ;

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