FOCUS Page 20 The Anuak Thom


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The Anuak thom is the one dominant cordophone in use among the Anuaks, though it seems to be falling into disuse. These five or six stringed instruments has its strings stretched over a stylized animal carving for a bridge and over a skin-resonating box. For the most part, the performer sings in unison with the strings which he plays with both hands. The performer plays with total contentment and total control and naturalness. He does have a unique way of holding the instrument while sitting, placing one arm beneath his leg. At times, the performer elaborates with various patterns where phrases end. He also plays in harmony on the instrument by itself.