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akonting (plural akontings)

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  1. (music) The folk lute of the Jola people of West Africa; a banjo-like instrument with a skin-headed gourd body, two long melody strings, and one short drone string.
    • 2009 March 2, The New York Times, “New CDs”, New York Times:
      But there’s no less spirit in the singing and thumb piano playing of Ruth Akello, an unheralded Ugandan, or in the banjo-like akonting playing of the Jatta family, in Gambia.