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Ney / Kawala Flute => Ney, Kawala Lovers => Topic started by: White Bear on December 11, 2015, 07:20:16 AM

Title: Kawala Information !
Post by: White Bear on December 11, 2015, 07:20:16 AM
 The kawala is an end-blown edge aerophone (flute) of Egypt used primarily to accompany (along with other instruments) a genre of Sufi hymnody called madīh in-nabī (‘praise of the prophet Muhammad’). kawala is made from a straight open-ended stalk of aged reed with three segments articulated by two nodes, which must be bored out to make a cylindrical bore. In comparison to the Egyptian nāy, the kawala is shorter and has a wider bore. The rim at one end of the stalk is beveled to a sharp edge (see detail image), which serves as the target of the airstream provided by the performer; it is therefore an end-blown flute. The instrument has six fingerholes and, on the reverse side, one thumbhole. A band of wound cotton cord just below the beveled rim discourages the splitting of the reed.

The kawala is related to numerous other Middle Eastern beveled-rim end-blown flutes, including the Egyptian  :)
Title: Re: Kawala Information !
Post by: gasoline on December 25, 2015, 01:09:01 PM
In practical Kawala and Ney are indeed two very similar instruments! You are correct about the holes, but the main difference - I think - is the sound. Although the kawala and the ney sound almost the same, if you listen closely, the kawala sounds a bit more "heavy" or "soulful", if you know what I mean, as opposed to a ney.