Special 6 string – This Jeli N’Goni is hand made by Master Strings Maker Louis Afrifra
Jeli N’goni (pronounced “jelly nn-gon-ee”) is a traditional Mande lute played by the jeli (griot: traditional musicians). The Jeli N’goni is one of the oldest instruments of the jeli, pre-dating the balafon and kora, and is considered by some to be the ancestor of the modern-day banjo.
Constructed of a hand-carved Melina hardwood body covered with goat skin, a fretless fingerboard and six synthetic strings which traverse the bridge and are tensioned by high-quality steel machine heads.
Played with a picking technique using the thumb and index finger, accented with percussive knocking and tapping.
Hand made in Burkina Faso, they are rare outside of Africa.
Approximate Dimensions (L x W x H): 16cm x 12cm x 81cm
As these instruments are hand made from natural materials dimensions may vary slightly.