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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 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.