The Manza takes its name from a xylophone in central Africa that has its bars
arranged in the same order.
Jamie Linwood playing the Gong Drum at Foxwood School.
Marimba, batphones and gongs
Risenga Makondo and Jamie Linwood playing outdoor musical instruments,
marimba, batphones and gongs.
This akadinda was made as an outdoor musical instrument for a school in
Kent. The akadinda is a tradition xylophone from Uganda with 17 notes.
The smaller amadinda has 12 notes, both instruments are also known as log
xylophones and are traditionally played by hitting the ends of the bars with
wooden sticks in an interlocking style of duplets (amadinda) or triplets(akadinda).
The bars are made of pitch pine and the frame from a solid curved oak log.
This outdoor musical instrument is a 'gong' because its sound is more akin
to a Javanese gong, or kempul, than a tubular bell. It is played with large,
soft, all-weather gong beaters.