Paragon Kamel Ngoni

This ngoni (nn-GO-nee) version, known as kamel ngoni (or kamalen ngoni), is part of the family of hunters lute-harps of the Mande people in Mali. The kamel ngoni is similar to the kora in that it has a calabash gourd body, hand posts, notched bridge, and neck, but only has 7-8 strings. It is a thick calabash gourd body, which is 13-15 inches in diameter, and has a bass hole.

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This ngoni (nn-GO-nee) version, known as kamel ngoni (or kamalen ngoni), is part of the family of hunters lute-harps of the Mande people in Mali. The kamel ngoni is similar to the kora in that it has a calabash gourd body, hand posts, notched bridge, and neck, but only has 7-8 strings. The instrument is played facing the musician with one or two hands on the hand posts, with fingers and thumbs plucking the open strings. This kamal ngoni is built to professional standards in Mali, and features:

  • Thick calabash gourd body, 13-15in diameter with bass hole
  • Goat skin stretched tight and fixed to gourd with decorative tacks
  • Hardwood hand posts, bridge, and bridge supports and pad
  • Thick hardwood neck, 27-30in long, and 7-8 fish-line strings Hardwood tuning keys or pegs for precisions, guitar-like tuning
  • Handcrafted using traditional methods in Mali by expert ngoni builders
  • Being a stringed instrument, this ngoni will need to be tuned after shipping
  • Imported, African-made product from Africa Heartwood Project
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
PKNM 15"x18"x44" Known as kamel ngoni,it is part of the family of hunters lute-harps of the Mande people in Mali. 480

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