Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection

Unidentified plucked string instrument. Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:28:55

  • Shelf mark

    C4/64

  • Recording date

    1954-12-02

  • Recording locations

    Kigezi [just above Lake Victoria, to the north-east], Uganda

  • Performers

    unidentified (plucked string instrument)

  • Recordist

    Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984

  • Description

    Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 54.909

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User notes for this item

This sounds like a raft zither (probably of the idiochord type) where the strings are cut out of the individual canes (bamboos) that make up the raft. They are/were known among the Kiga of Kigezi. See Wachsmann's description and discussion in Tribal Crafts of Uganda p. 386

Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. Fellow, University of Birmingham on 13/10/2011 17:31:00