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Kwitra from Tunisia
String instrument
Other namesKouitra, Quitra, Quwytara.
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Related instruments
Oud, Mandolin, Mandolute

The Kwitra (also kouitra and quitra); Arabic الكوترة or عود أندلسي (literally Andalusian Oud); is a stringed instrument from Algeria and Tunisia. It is a regional instrument in the Lute family of instruments, related to Italian chitarra.[1][2]

It has 8 strings in 4 courses. It is tuned G3 G3, E4 E4, A3 A3, D4 D4. The traditional strings are made of animal intestines.

A Kwitra (centre) in the Horniman Museum, London, UK.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ATLAS of Plucked Instruments - Africa". Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  2. ^ "La famille du Oud". Retrieved 10 March 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kwitra at Wikimedia Commons