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A kayamba

The kayamba is a flat musical instrument, a shaken idiophone, used in the Mascarene Islands to play sega and maloya music. It is called maravanne in Mauritius, or caïamb or kayanm in Reunion.[1]

Kayambas are made of reed (or sugar cane flower stems) and its tubes filled with jequirity or canna seeds.[2][3]

They are also played in some East African countries like Kenya.[4]


  1. ^ Peter Hawkins (2007). The Other Hybrid Archipelago: Introduction to the Literatures and Cultures of the Francophone Indian Ocean. Lexington Books. pp. 109–. ISBN 978-0-7391-1676-0.
  2. ^ Jacques K. Lee (1990). Sega: The Mauritian Folk Dance. Nautilus. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-9511296-1-6.
  3. ^ Viva. Viva Publishers. 1983. p. 58.
  4. ^ Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, (11 January 2013). The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Routledge. pp. 65–. ISBN 978-1-136-09570-2.