Type: Chordophones > Bows > Braced >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.111
Region: Central America.
Description: The uele is a braced bow affixed with a resonator, it is made from a short flexible stick of wood has a small gourd resonator attached near the lower end of the bow. The uele is rare and is used only during certain secret and funeral rites of the Congo people, possibly to represent the voices of the dead.
Playing Techniques: It is played by striking the vegetal fibre string with a stick, or by the friction of another bow. It can be held between the chin and shoulder and bowed like a violin.
Citations: Bibliography: F. Ortiz : Los instrumentos de la música afrocubana [lit trans. The Musical Instruments of the Afro-cuban ~ Havana, 1952–5] Websites: