Adungu


Adungu

The adungu is a 9-string arched harp of the Alur people of northwestern Uganda. The adungu may be played alone (in which case the soloist often sings as they play the adungu) or in an ensemble. The adungu is but one of many arched harps found in sub-Saharan Africa. The adungu may be played for diverse purposes including personal pleasure, nightclub and concert music, therapy of the mentally ill, and Christian worship.

Writing in "The New York Times" (April 8, 2006) about a cross-cultural concert given by the pipa virtuoso Wu Man, the critic Allan Kozinn noted that: "Her collaborators included James Makubuya, a Ugandan performer on the harplike adungu...."


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