The Akadina is part of the Ugandan percussion family; others of varying sizes are called the Akadinda, Entaara and Amadinda.
It is a locally made instrument created from wood and banana stems. The Akadinda is placed above a pit in the ground, approximately 70 centimetres deep and just under two metres wide. The keys lie parallel to one another and are kept in place by threading them onto wooden nails. Once constructed the Akadinda is tuned through the hands of one individual who carefully strips layers of wood off the belly of the keys.
As many as seven musicians play the Akadinda at the same time, striking the left hand keys with a fairly soft wood and the right hand keys with a much harder wood. The musicians use both wood and the palms of their hands to create the desired sounds.
A pair of rattles and Endingidi (a one string fiddle like instrument) will be played alongside the Akadinda, and to complete the performance it is often accompanied by native song and dance.
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