Akogo

The Akogo features as part of the Ugandan string family and has various names depending on dialects, it is also known as an idiophone.

Made up of a series of flexible metal tongues varying in length, the Akogo is finished of with a wooden sound box mostly made of kiaat wood. Musicians play the Akogo with both hands, using their thumbs to pluck the slightly upturned end of the tongues, which they usually tune to the diatonic scale of G major.

In Uganda, the instrument is usually played solo and is occasionally used to accompany songs of thought. To make the Akogo more personal or unique, some musicians add small metal wraps to the tongues, creating a rattle effect as they play.   

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