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  • n. A five-stringed, bowl-shaped lyre of Eritrea and Ethiopia.


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  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Our fathers and grandfathers listened to this music and played these traditional musical instruments, the masenko and krar.

    CNN Transcript Feb 7, 2009

  • After that we danced, the kids with drums and a man playing the krar – a traditional Ethiopian instrument with five strings on a frame, his carrying a sign that said: ‘BAN LAND MINES’.

    Long Way Down

  • As each new piece was inserted, he tuned it with his krar, slicing tiny slivers of glass from the sections he was altering until both sight and sound merged with the image in his head.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • As he tuned this new work with his krar, his absorption deepened.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The new ringlass chimed in tune with the krar; the outer rings of colored glass resonated in harmony.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • He bent stiffly and picked up his krar, twanging its three strings in turn.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • When his strength had returned a little, he made for the largest of the buildings framing the courtyard, a giant crystal made in the shape of a krar; the place where ringlass was still being formed, year after year, century after century.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Collective, with songs from across Ethiopia driven on by an amplified krar harp, and there was

    Music news, reviews, comment and features |

  • BETELEHEM MELAKU on keyboards and krar (Ethiopian lyre).

    Boston Phoenix -

  • Anthony sits by the fire and strums his makeshift krar, a traditional Eritrean lute.

    The Guardian World News


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