Type: Plucked > Lyre > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.2
Description: The krar is a plucked bowl-lyre that is played by the Azmari’s in Ethiopia. It is tuned to a pentatonic scale. The instruments over all sound is dependant on the musicians techniques which may include plucking single strings, or strumming.
Citations: Discography: Asnakech Worku, Ethiopiques 16: The Lady with the Krar [compact disc]. Buda Musique 822652, 2003: Ethiopie, chants d’amour (Ethiopia, Love Songs). Fantahun Shewankochew, vocals and krar [compact disc]. INEDIT/Maison des Cultures du Monde W260080, 1998.