Stearns Collection Item Detail


Name of Instrument: konni

Maker / Brand:

Stearns Catalog #: 2616

Country of Origin: Guinea

Region of Origin: Africa

Instrument Category: Chordophone

Date of Fabrication:

Location: CHO M 2

Description: 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