The Adungu is a nine-string arched (bow) harp of the Alur people of northwestern Uganda. It is very similar to the tumi harp of the neighbouring Kebu people.
The Adungu consists of an arched neck, a wooden resonator (sound box) in which the neck is fixed, and a series of parallel strings of unequal lengths that are plucked. The strings are fixed at one end to the resonator and run at an oblique angle to the neck, where they are attached and tuned with pegs. The first, second, and third strings are tuned in octaves with the sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively. In traditional music the instrument is tuned in a pentatonic (five-note) scale, but it can also be tuned in modern style to a diatonic scale.
The Adungu Instrument Rack is created to sound as authentic as possible in terms of velocity responsiveness, but the design of the rack is created to shape and mould the sonic textures further. This authentic African instrument is designed to stretch the boundaries of what is sonically capable in the real world. Aiming to redefine the relationship between the acoustic quality and electronic manipulation. This instrument is available free of charge, however a small donation would be greatly appreciated to assist in the creation of future instrument racks.
This instrument was recorded in September 2015 in Nairobi Kenya for Santuri Safari by Emile Hoogenhout. Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi is the featured musician that helped to capture the essence of the Adungu.
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