Jeli N’goni – Ila
Traditional design from Mali, West Africa.
Constructed of a hollow Melina hardwood body covered with goat skin, a fretless fingerboard and 3 synthetic strings which traverse the bridge and are tensioned by leather straps.
Guitar tuning keys.
Length: 70cm // Width: 10cm // Depth: 11cm // Weight: 2.5kg
Traditional Jeli Ngoni from Mali
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 the ancestor of the modern-day banjo
Played with a picking technique using the thumb and index finger, accented with percussive knocking and tapping