Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Lamellophones > Combs.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 122.1
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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