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Wooden xylophone, Zambia, 1899

This xylophone was made in Zambia, in Africa, and has 12 keys. Under the keys on the wooden frame are bottle-shaped gourds from the calabash plant. The gourds are hollow, to make the notes sound louder.

When and where the xylophone was invented is unknown, but it is very ancient. Prehistoric peoples played some form of the instrument.

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