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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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Charente Libre

Charente Libre
Wed, 13 May 2015 00:07:30 -0700

Deux artistes d'origine malgache ont animé des ateliers hier à destination des élèves de CM2 et de sixième. Ils se produiront ce soir à la Ferme Saint-Michel. Ambiance survoltée avec Tao Ravo et son kabosy, un instrument spécialement fabriqué pour lui.
NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:18:45 -0700

Durant ces trois jours des Musiques métisses, Jean-Luc Raharimanana, un écrivain de renom, narrera des contes malgaches. Il sera accompagné de Tao Ravao qui jouera de la valiha et du kabosy, pour donner à la scène une ambiance plus folklorique, ...
NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
Sat, 09 May 2015 00:17:36 -0700

En effet, le groupe est composé d'Odylon Randriamandresy ou Dyl à la guitare basse, de Max Andriambelo à la guitare, de Tonny Randriamanantena aux percussions, à la kabosy, à l'accordéon, à la flûte… sans oublier Jimmy à la batterie et au vocal.

Le Télégramme

Le Télégramme
Tue, 05 May 2015 18:35:07 -0700

Ils jouent des instruments de musique des temps anciens comme le Kabiry, Kabosy ou Hazolahy qui côtoient ceux des temps modernes comme l'accordéon, sans qu'il y ait contradiction lors des grandes pratiques rituelles. La pratique du Kabiry n'existe que ...

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 14:56:15 -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 ...

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