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A washint is an Ethiopianmarker end-blown flute with four finger holes. The instrument is made of wood or cane. It is similar to the foodhir and the Arabic/Turkish ney. Its playing technique is highly melismatic, using a great deal of ornamentation.

The washint is used as a solo instrument, but may also be used in an ensemble of traditional instruments, as it was used in Orchestra Ethiopia beginning in 1963. One of the most prominent washint players is Melaku Gelaw, who performed with Orchestra Ethiopia and is now a successful recording artist.

See also

  • Ney
  • Ney
  • Kaval, a similar instrument in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Macedonia and Bulgaria

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