The Massinko (also masenqo, masenko or masinqo)
The masinko is a violin-like instrument widely used in Ethiopia where it is played by secular poet-musicians rather like the troubadours of medieval Europe. These professional musicians play at festivals, family celebrations such as weddings, and in bars. Some are beggars who play in the street for alms.
The masinko is made out of wood with a sound box covered by an animal skin. The single string is made out of braided horse hair.
Though often simply made, the massinko can, in the hands of an expert musician, produces a wide variety of melodies. It is often played by wandering minstrels,particularly near eating houses, where the musicians entertain the diners.
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Photo taken in Debark, Ethiopia
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