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El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka playing the mandole

The mandole (or mandol, mondol) is steel-string fretted instrument resembling an elongated mandolin, popular in North African Kabyle and Chaabi music.[1] The mandole has eight, ten, or twelve strings in doubled courses, and may have additional frets between frets to provide quarter tones.


The instrument was created in the 1930s by a luthier named Bélido, based on an idea by Chaabi master El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka (1907-1978).

External links[edit]

  • Africa, Atlas of Plucked Instruments


  1. ^ Marie Korpe (September 2004). Shoot the singer!: music censorship today. Zed Books. pp. 114–. ISBN 978-1-84277-505-9. Retrieved 3 March 2012.