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  1. xalam(Noun)

    A traditional lutelike string instrument of West Africa.


  1. Xalam

    Xalam, also spelled khalam, is the Wolof name for a traditional stringed musical instrument from West Africa. The xalam is thought to have originated from modern-day Mali, but some believe that, in antiquity, the instrument may have originated from Ancient Egypt. Many believe that it is an ancestor to the American banjo. The xalam is commonly played in Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Niger, Northern Nigeria, Northern Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Western Sahara; it is also known in other languages as bappe, diassare, hoddu, koliko, kologo, komsa, kontigi, koni, konting, molo, ndere, ngoni, and tidinit. Someone who plays the xalam is called a xalamkat.

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