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Tanbūra (lyre)

For other uses, see Tanbur (disambiguation).

The tanbūra is a bowl lyre of the Middle East and East Africa. It takes its name from the Persian tanbur via the Arabic tunbur (طنبور), though this term refers to long-necked lutes.[1] The instrument plays an important role in zār rituals.[1] The instrument probably originated in Upper Egypt and the Sudan [1] and is used in the Fann At-Tanbura in the Persian Gulf Arab states.


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  • The Tambura
  • The zar and the tumbura cults
  • Sudanese lyre audio samples

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