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A boy playing a mandoliny or kabosy with full fretting.
A guitar-shaped Kabosy.
Main article: Music of Madagascar

The kabosy is a box-shaped wooden guitar commonly played in music of Madagascar. It has four to six strings and is commonly thought to be a direct descendant of the Arabic oud. The kabosy has staggered frets, many of which do not even cross the entire fretboard, and is generally tuned to an open chord. [1]

A kabosy-like instrument with standard frets is known as a mandalina or mandoliny.

Kabosys are frequently handmade from scavenged materials, and their form varies greatly depending on the builder and materials available. Kabosys may be strung with nylon (often used fishing line) or steel (often from scrap wire or cable).

Notable players of the kabosy include Babata and Jean Emilien.


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L'Express de Madagascar

L'Express de Madagascar
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:33:45 -0700

Un groupe représentatif de la région Haute Matsiatra, vouant une passion pour la musique traditionnelle. « Kabosy Spirit » se découvre au public, ce 30 avril au Cercle Germano Malgache, à partir de 16 heures, avec son premier album « Tonga mpamangy ».

NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar

NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:03:45 -0700

... une chorégraphie qui réunira le style hip-hop et la culture malgache. Et enfin, la soirée sera clôturée par le groupe RyKala Vazo, constitué de trois jeunes femmes qui chantent et jouent aux instruments typiquement malgaches, comme la valiha, le ...

NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar

NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:52:30 -0700

En effet, les produits artisanaux ou traditionnels malgaches ont une grande valeur, il suffit de les moderniser. Ainsi, le groupe RyKala Vazo interprète-t-il des titres étrangers en jouant aux instruments typiquement malgaches, comme le kabosy, la valiha…
NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:11:09 -0700

Composé de Mirana au chant et à la kabosy, Amy Mitchou aux percussions et Vanintsoa à la valiha, le groupe Ry Kala Vazo fera voyager le public avec sa musique du monde, mais en mettant surtout en valeur les instruments typiquement malgaches. De son ...

L'Express de Madagascar

L'Express de Madagascar
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 22:37:30 -0700

Le grand concert de clôture est prévu quant à lui le 17 avril à l'AFT Andavamamba, avec à l'affiche Rola Gamana qui y fera un étalage de sa maîtrise de la guitare et du fameux « kabosy» malgache. Autant les entrainantes mélodies acoustiques malgaches ...

World Music Central

World Music Central
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:07:21 -0700

The annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) is now in its 18th edition, and featured 24 bands from around the planet. Performing in the equatorial rainforest venue of the Sarawak Cultural Village – located between Mount ...

New York Times

New York Times
Tue, 27 May 2014 15:06:39 -0700

A solo for the kabosy, a box-shaped guitar, was particularly affecting in its sweetness and subtlety, with rhythms recalling those of an Irish jig. Bakomanga's dancing, too, was more relaxed and reserved on the whole, characterized by loose wrists ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:07:36 -0700

“The rhythm of the music is typically Malagasy played with valiha and kabosy instruments, but the lyrics are in English. “I just love music like yourself. “Honestly, I would be keen to show people how awesome Madagascar is.” And it is. fact file ...

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