An Efé Pygmy plays the ndomu (bow-harp). Efé bow-harps generally have five tuning pegs that can be turned to adjust the tension of the strings. In the past, the five strings were mostly vegetal strings, but now they are mostly imported metal wire. The sound box is usually covered with hairless skin, like that of a monitor lizard, although sometimes with a thin metal plate.

Photography by JEAN-PIERRE HALLET

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