ማታ ማታ እደዚህ የሚያስተኛ ባል ይስጣቹህ – Wife sleeping while her husband playing slow Ethiopian kirar music.
The krar , kirar, kerar or kraar is a five- or six-stringed bowl-shaped lyre from Ethiopia. It is tuned to a pentatonic scale . A modern krar may be amplified , much in the same way as an
electric guitar or violin .
A chordophone , the krar is usually decorated with wood, cloth and beads . Its five or six strings determine the available pitches . The instrument’s tone depends on the musician’s playing technique: bowing, strumming or plucking. If plucked, the instrument will produce a soft tone. Strumming , on the other hand, will yield a harmonious pulsation .
A krar is often played by musician-singers called azmari . It usually accompanies love songs and secular songs .