Instruments

Lira
Photo: Cherie Nutting

Ghaita
A double reed horn with a series of holes, made of apricot wood in Ouezanne, a town in Northern Morocco. Sometimes called the Arabic oboe, variations of the Ghaita can be found in other parts of the world such as Persia, India, and China.
Tebel
A double skinned drum made in a variety of sizes. Drumheads are made with goatskin and played with both sticks and hands.
Djarbouga
A small ceramic drum with a snare. It has a strong sound for its size.
Bendir
A large shallow drum with a snare, common in North Africa.
Gimbri
A bowl back styled rustic lute with a goatskin top. It has four strings traditionally made from goat intestines but now often strung with nylon strings. The instrument is usually played with a long curved pick, which adds the attack and texture of the sound.
Lira
A common bamboo flute, recorder-like, made in Jajouka.
Kamanja
A violin, played upright on the knee typically played with the Gimbri, drums and vocals.