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327 orutu

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wooden body, lizard skin over the front face; L. 56.8 cm
1 steel string

The Luo version of the siiriri, a single-stringed, spiked fiddle that is found in Kenya and Uganda. The resonator is carved out of a single piece of wood. The outer surface of the body is cut in 3 terraced layers so as to taper in towards the front face. The back is left open. Played with a sisal bow.

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