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Braced

Uele

Name: Uele.
Type: Chordophones > Bows > Braced >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.111
Area: Caribbean.
Country: Cuba.
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:

Thomo

Name: Thomo.
Type: Chordophones > Bows > Braced >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.111
Country: South Africa.
Region: Africa.

Description:

Thomo
The Thomo is a braced musical bow that is played by the Basotho, this musical bow resembles the Xhosa Uhadi, and the Zulu ugubhu ; Frédéric Christol [1850–1933]: Au sud de l’Afrique ; Avec 150 dessins et croquis de l’auteur 1897 ; With 150 drawings and sketches by the author 1897 ; The New York Public Library Digital Collections ; Public Domain ;
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Quijongo

Name: Quijongo.
Type: Chordophones > Bows > Braced >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.111
Country: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Region: Central America.

Description: The Quijongo is a musical bow played by the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is known as caramba [carimba] in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Playing Techniques: Pitches and harmonics are obtained by opening and closing the bottom of the gourd with the left hand while striking the taut string above or below the resonator with a stick held in the right hand.

Construction: A length of thin flexible wood up to 140 cm in length; is slightly curved with a metal or hemp string attached to both ends of the arc. The string is divided a third to halfway along by a small attached jicara gourd resonator.

Citations: Bibliography: Websites:

Mbulumbumba

Name: Mbulumbumba.
Type: Chordophones > Bows > Braced >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.111
Area: 
Country: Botswana, etc.
Region: Africa.

Description: The mbulumbumba or hungu is played by the Khoisan peoples  who reside in Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa.

Citations: Bibliography: Western Angola 1965 by Gerhard Kubik African Music Society Journal Pp. 98 Vol. 5, No. 4 [1975/1976] pp. 98-104 [7 pages] ; Websites: Mbulumbumba Photo held by the Perceval Kirby Collection / South African College of Music ;