Type: Chordophones > Lutes >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Area: Sahel & Maghreb etc.
Country: Mali, Niger.
Description: The tahardant [alternate names: tehardent, teharden, takamba] is a lute that is played by the Tuareg in Northern Mali. During the 1960s The tahardent spread across Mali in both north and south directions.
The tahardant is closely related to the N’goni, the Xalam of the Wolof in Senegal, Sintir as played by the Gnawa and the loutar as played by the Imazighen Berbers in Morocco, it is also related to the garaya; a lute played by the Hausa people in Nigeria. Among the Tuareg the tahardant is played by musicians of both genders, male and female.
Citations: Bibliography: Eric Schmidt: Ishumar. The Guitar and the Revolution of Tuareg Culture. [Paper] Honors Program, American University, Washington DC, Frühjahr 2009, S. 32–37 ; Caroline Card Wendt: Tuareg Music. In: Ruth M. Stone [Hrsg.]: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Band 1. Africa. Garland Publishing, New York / London 1998, S. 574–595, hier S. 587–590 Websites: