Friday, May 20, 2011


The lotar is another gunbri-like lute from the Rwais tribe in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

This type has 2, 3 or 4 nylon strings, with large round tuning pegs. The neck is turned on a lathe and usually painted with rings in bright colours - green, yellow, red and black. The body is made from a piece of wood, or a coconut, or any other bowl shaped object.

The lotar is usually played by a duo, which also includes a rebab, a one string spike fiddle.


  1. Why do you have the posts set up to only show one per page? How can we keep up with past conversations?

  2. Well, there were a few long-winded posts, especially one with a lot of pictures, that were taking too long to load. So, I will wait until I come up with a few shorter posts before I reset it back to multiple posts showing. I won't insult you by telling you how to look at previous posts if you really want to. Besides, he who looks backwards only sees the past.

  3. Anyway, don't you have a space shuttle you are supposed to be watching right now?

  4. "Besides, he who looks backwards only sees the past."
    I love it, but he might see what's sneaking up behind him as well.

  5. "The Mind of Max" has been included in this weeks Sites To See. I hope this helps to attract many new visitors here.

  6. Thank you FishHawk. You are too kind.



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