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mbira

sandza, sansa, bant'you, mbira, kisaanj, sanza

Stearns #2631

Africa

Congo or Angola

This Mbira was given to Leo Sarkisian in Kinshasa, Congo, however, he believes that it could have been made in Angola. It has twenty metal tongues and three bottlecap ("Cherry Plum") buzzing resonators. There are two somewhat tight finger holes drilled on the right side with a carved area to permit to the right thumb access to the seven higher pitched tongues. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

Also see: Stearns #0218, #0220, #0221, #0222, #0223, #0224, #0227, #0228, #0229, & #2631.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

hausa horn

Stearns #2604

Africa

In 1958, these collapsable, two-piece brass Hausa Horns were given to Leo Sarkisian by Hausa musicians in Kaduna (Northern Nigeria). Horns are like these are commonly found in Nigeria. See Stearns #2605.

Leo Sarkisian is an American, born in Massachusetts to Armenian immigrants who fled Turkish Armenia to escape genocide. After World War II, Leo joined Tempo International in Hollywood, CA, as the Director for Ethnic Recordings in 1950. Tempo sent Leo to Pakistan for one year, on to Afghanistan for three-and-a-half years, and then to Africa in 1958. After one year in Ghana, Leo went to Conakry, Guinea and remained there for three years. In 1961 Edward R. Murrow, Director of the U.S. Information Agency (parent of the Voice of America [VOA]), came to Guinea and recruited Leo to be Music Director for Africa at the VOA starting in 1963. It was there that Leo become broadcaster and writer of the the VOA's longest running music show which is still on the air. Leo continues to work on maintaining the VOA's Leo Sarkisian Library of African Music. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's "Music Man".

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

hausa horn

Stearns #2605

Africa

In 1958, these collapsable, two-piece brass Hausa Horns were given to Leo Sarkisian by Hausa musicians in Kaduna (Northern Nigeria). Horns are like these are commonly found in Nigeria. See Stearns #2604. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

mouth organ

Stearns #2606

Thailand

This Mouth Organ was a gift to Leo Sarkisian from Howard Hertzog, a USAID officer stationed in Bangkok. See Stearns #2607. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

mouth organ

Stearns #2607

Thailand

This Mouth Organ was a gift to Leo Sarkisian from Howard Hertzog, a USAID officer stationed in Bangkok. See Stearns #2606. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

panpipes

Stearns #2608

Romania

These Panpipes were given to Leo Sarkisian by and American-Romanian employed by the US Government who was stationed in Africa. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

vina

Stearns #2609

Middle East

Pakistan

Leo Sarkisian first went to Pakistan in the 1950s as part of his job with Tempo International where traveled with the Radio Pakistan Director, Mr. Salim Gilani. Mr. Gilani gave this Vina to Leo during his first visit in 1953. It used to have a baseball-sized oval glass to slide over the strings. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

sitar

Stearns #2610

Middle East

Pakistan

Leo Sarkisian first went to Pakistan in the 1950s as part of his job with Tempo International where traveled with the Radio Pakistan Director, Mr. Salim Gilani. Mr. Gilani gave this Sitar to Leo during his first visit in 1953. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

rebab

Stearns #2611

This Rebab is played with a plectrum. This is a gift of Leo Sarkisian. Leo recorded Tawakal(?) Khan playing this very rebab in 1953; Leo considers Kahn to have been the best rebab player of all time. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

kora

Stearns #2612

Africa

Conakry, Guinea

This Kora comes from Conakry, Guinea and is played by the Malinke people (an ethnic group that extends south to Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone). Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

harp

Stearns #2613

Morocco

This instrument comes from Morocco, and however, the donor, Leo Sarkisian, has seen identical instruments in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. It is also similar to string instruments found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

gusle

fiddle

Stearns #2614

Europe

Serbia?

This is a one-string Fiddle with chiwara neck and bow. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

gunbri

turtle shell folk lute

Stearns #2615

Africa

Morocco

This Gunibri with a tortoise shell body was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. He collected it in a small shop in Casablanca during one of his visits during the 1970s. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

konni

halam, xalam, ngoni, khalam

Stearns #2616

Africa

Guinea

This Konni was given to Leo Sarkisian by Mama Niang, Guinea's best konni player during the late 1950s to early 1960s. This instrument has numerous names throughout Africa: Ngoni in West Africa and Mali, Konni in Guinea, Halam or Khalam in Senegal, and Xalam in the Gambia. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

huqin

Stearns #2618

Asia

Hong Kong

This bowed instrument of the Chinese Huqin family of stringed instruments was given to Leo Sarkisian by Pete Fisher (a USAID employee) who visited Hong Kong during the late 1950s. It has a carving on the back of its gourd that depicts plowing (man and ox) and large-scale flowers. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

slit drum

Stearns #2619

Africa

Liberia

This is a hand-held version from Liberia of the larger wooden Slit Drum that is played on the ground; it can sound two notes. It was collected by Leo Sarkisian in Liberia where he worked and recorded for the Voice of America (1964 to 1969). Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

k-bang k-bang

drum

Stearns #2620

Africa

Liberia

This Drum was collected by Leo Sarkisian in Liberia. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

rattle

sistra

Stearns #2621

Africa

Guinea

This Fulani rattle was collected by Leo Sarkisian in the village of Labe Fouta Djallon region in Guinea during his recording work there from 1959 to 1963. The makers are known as Fulani, they are travelers and traders. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

ankle bells

Stearns #2622

Africa

West Africa

These Ankle Bells come from West Africa, and can also be found in other southern African countries. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

ankle bells

Stearns #2623

Africa

West Africa

These Ankle Bells come from West Africa, and can also be found in other southern African countries. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

sasa

shekere

Stearns #2624

Africa

Liberia

This Sasa is a gourd with an exterior shell-beaded net to actuate sound production. The net is tied at the base of the gourd. It is played by tugging the string downward. See Stearns #2625. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

sasa

shekere

Stearns #2625

Africa

Liberia

This Sasa is a gourd with an exterior shell-beaded net to actuate sound production. The net is tied at the base of the gourd. It is played by tugging the string downward. See Stearns #2624. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

ankle rattles

Stearns #2627

Africa

This pair of Ankle Rattles is made of seeds. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

kola nut rattles

Stearns #2628

Africa

This pair of Ankle Rattles are made of kola nuts. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

kola nut rattle

Stearns #2629

Africa

This is a large kola nut Rattle. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

balafon

xylophone

Stearns #2630

Africa

Guinea

This 19-note Balafon (xylophone) was presented to Leo in 1960 by Guinea’s finest Xylophonist in the National Ensemble, a descendant of the musically renowned Diabate Griot tribe. Diabate can be heard playing this instrument on a U of M digitized recording available as part of the Voice of America radio archives. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

goblet drum

Stearns #2638

Africa

Liberia

This Goblet Drum was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

goblet drum

Stearns #2633

This Goblet Drum was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

goblet drum and beaters

Stearns #2634

This Goblet Drum with five metal beaters and one wooden beater was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

kalungu

talking drum

Stearns #2635

Africa

Liberia

This Kalungu (Talking Drum) comes from Liberia, this type of instrument is not used much anymore except in Nigeria. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

dundun

kalungu, talking drum

Stearns #2636

Africa

Nigeria

This Dundun (Talking Drum) with bells and an angled wooden beater comes from Nigeria. A strap used to tighten the drum heads is missing. This type of instrument is not used much anymore except in Nigeria. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

footed drum

Stearns #2637

Africa

Liberia

This Footed Drum from Liberia was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

footed drum

Stearns #2632

Africa

This large Footed Drum was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

horn

Stearns #2640

Africa

Cameroon

This metal horn is from the Bamoun tribe in Cameroon; it was given to the Stearns Collection by Leo Sarkisian. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

dilruba

Stearns #2641

Middle East

Pakistan

This bowed Dilruba was a gift to Leo Sarkisian from Salim Gailani, Director of Radio Pakistan in Karachi, 1953. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

santur

Stearns #2642

Middle East

Persia (Iran)

This Persian Santur was given to Leo Sarkisan by Mohamed Qureshi, an Iranian musician and student in Washington, D.C. in 1949. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

kanun

kanoon

Stearns #2643

Middle East

Egypt

This Egyptian Kanoon was presented to Leo Sarkisian in Cairo in 1966. He was told by the musicians who gave it to him that it was made by a famous, well-known instrument maker. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

tambura

tambur

Stearns #2645

Middle East

Afghanistan

Leo Sarkisian collected this Tambura in the northern town of Mazari Sharif in 1954. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection

san hsien

Stearns #2647

Asia

China

This San Hsien was a gift to Leo from a former USAID director stationed in Asia during the 1950s. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection