Soku

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Soku player for L’Ensemble Instrumental National in Bamako, Mali

A soku is a traditional West African instrument used in a type of music called Wassoulou which originated in the Wasulu region of southwest Mali. It is a traditional fiddle, sometimes replaced by modernized versions of the instrument. Known as the n'diaraka or njarka in Songhai, it is composed of a single string that usually wails the feminine vocal melody.