Bolon (musical instrument)
The bolon is a traditional harp played in Mali, as well as Guinea. It was notably played in hunting ceremonies or before a battle, to rouse warriors' valor. It was also used by the Jola in Gambia for accompaniment for men's choruses. Among other string instruments played in Guinea, the bolon is the oldest.
The bolon is a three-stringed instrument, constructed from a large calabash covered by unshaven goat skin, and a bow-shaped neck. When playing, it is placed between the legs with the strings facing the musician. In addition to plucking the strings, the musician also hits the calabash as if playing a drum.
- Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka Page 77 Eric Charry - 2000 "Bolon . The bolon is played by several peoples in West Africa, including Maninka, Fulbe, Senufo. Susu, and Kissi (map 3, plate 4). Nowadays it is a rare instrument in its traditional setting, but it is often played in national ballets and in a variety of
- "Alpha Rhythm Roots - Bolon". www.alpharhythmroots.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
- Stone, Ruth M., ed. "West Africa: An Introduction." Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Volume 1: Africa. New York: Routledge, Array. 458-86. Music Online: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.
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