Type: Idiophones > Lamellaphones > Frames > Jawharps > Tension.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
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 / Kipas.nl ~ Afiw Jawharp /