Name: Afiw.
Type: Idiophones > Lamellaphones > Frames > Jawharps > Tension.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Country: Philippines.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The afiw is an idioglot jews-harp of the northern Philippines. It is played among the Bontoc people who reside in the North Luzon [Cordillera] region. Most Afiw are made of bamboo, some are of brass and bronze with a triangular tongue cut into a small sheet of metal, the tongue remaining fully enclosed but attached only at the base of the triangle.

A string is tied onto the furthest end of the jawharp. When the string is pulled, the tension is increased until the musician allows for the lamella tongue] to fall back in place during performance. A repeated oscillation of this method in playing is what differentiates this type of jawharp from plucked jawharps.

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Grove Music Online / Afiw Jawharp article by José Maceda / ~ Afiw Jawharp /

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