Imagine playing a tune on this single stringed instrument!
The Bedouins of Kuwait, Iraq and Egypt actually manage to compose quite complex musical performances from this simple instrument and its characteristic Middle Eastern sound, even though its tone range is limited to only a little over an octave. The rebab comes in many shapes and sizes, but characteristic for all original models is the single string made from horse hair. With time, the rebab has in some areas been provided with two-three strings.
Danish ethnographer, Klaus Ferdinand, collected the instrument whilst doing research on nomadic culture across Middle Eastern countries during the mid-20th century.
Listen to Ustad Daud Khan Sadozai playing the rebab here – notice that his model is multi-stringed, though: Rabab Solo by Ustad Daud Khan Sadozai: Raga Kalyan.
// Ciara Coogan
Photo: © 2014 Jacob Due, Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.
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