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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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35 news items

NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:11:15 -0700

Il a mis sur une même scène les maracas, la trompette, le violon, le kabosy, la guitare basse et le synthétiseur, le tout a donné une sonorité très différente par rapport à celle des autres groupes. L'objectif de l'Aft est atteint, puisque non ...
NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0700

Mise à part la musique, les groupes présenteront aussi leurs danses et tenues traditionnelles, sans oublier les instruments de musique spécifiques qui permettent d'obtenir ces sonorités si particulières, tels que le kabosy, la mandoline… En tout cas ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:03:45 -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 ...

Kansas City Star (blog)

Kansas City Star (blog)
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:41 -0800

They will also employ some traditional Malagasy instruments, including a seven-string banjo and a guitar called the kabosy; Martin came across one in Raytown, of all places. “I bought a traditional Malagasy banjo on the street and I took it to Dave ...

World Music Central

World Music Central
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:18:45 -0700

HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People is led by the charismatic showman HAJAmadagascar on guitars, vocals, marovany, kabosy, ngoma, jejy, faray, valiha and percussion; Liva on bass, guitar and keyboards; Domy on drums and percussion; and Luis ...
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 ...


Wed, 21 Aug 2013 02:10:17 -0700

Over the last 10 years hip hop has gained popularity on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. Performers' lyrics focus on serious issues - poverty, deforestation or young people's problems. And, despite the influence of US culture, the rappers use ...


Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:59:52 -0700

In the former French colony of Madagascar, the French language continues to play an important role in education, particularly at university level. French and Malagasy are the official languages in the Indian Ocean Island. However, the local Malagasy ...

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