Traditional design from Mali, West Africa.
Constructed of a hollow Melina hardwood body covered with goat skin, a fretless fingerboard and 3 synthetic strings which traverse the bridge and are tensioned by leather straps. Guitar tuning keys.
Traditional Jeli Ngoni from Mali
Jeli Ngoni (pronounced “jelly nn-gon-ee”) is a traditional Mande lute played by the jeli (griot: traditional musicians). The Jeli N’goni is one of the oldest instruments of the jeli, pre-dating the balafon and kora, and is considered the ancestor of the modern-day banjo.
Played with a picking technique using the thumb and index finger, accented with percussive knocking and tapping.
- Strings: 3
- Length: 85cm
- Width: 13cm
- Depth: 10cm
- Weight: 2.5kg
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