Tanbūra (lyre)

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The tanbūra is a bowl lyre of the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. It takes its name from the Persian tanbur via the Arabic tunbur (طنبور), though this term refers to long-necked lutes.[1] The instrument plays an important role in zār rituals.[1] The instrument probably originated in Upper Egypt and the Sudan [1] and is used in the Fann At-Tanbura in the Persian Gulf Arab states.

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  1. ^ a b c Poché, Christian. "Tanbūra", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (London: Macmillan, 2001), xxv, pp. 62-63.

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