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The origins of the violin - the rebab
The musician Atya Wichbaky demonstrates playing the rebab or two-stringed fiddle to accompany a song. The rebab is a type of string instrument, named no later than the 8th century and spread via Islamic trading routes over much of North Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and the Far East. The rebab is more than 2,000 years old, is Spanish in origin and was the precursor to the violin and the lute.
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