Type: Chordophones > Bows > Mouth >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.
Area: Watsa Gombari region.
Country: D.R. Congo.
Description: The bawa is a mouth that is played by the Aïmeri people of the Watsa Gombari region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Construction: The string is sometimes coupled [braced] to the bow stave by a cord that divides the string into two unequal segments, thus obtaining two different pitches when the segments are plucked by the fingers; the bracing cord itself can also be plucked.
Citations: Bibliography: F.J. de Hen : [in Dutch: Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Musikinstrumente aus Belgisch Kongo und Ruanda-Urundi – Tervuren, 1960], 136 [in English: Contribution to the knowledge of the musical instruments from the Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi Websites: