Lute > Chordophone.
Many > Peru > South America.
Scale length cm.
E. Hijos, De Jorge.
Source: Peru > Rene Hugo Sanchez.
The bandurria is a
plucked short-necked lute and a member of the chordophone family
of musical instruments. It has its origins in the Iberian
peninsula in Spain and its close relatives are the bandolla,
bandolin, laud and the mandolin and cittern. The term bandurria
comes from the text "Libro De Buen Amor [the book of good love]
a manuscript by Juan Ruiz [b. 1283 - d. 1350]. The bandurria was
widely distributed from Latin America, South America and to the
in Peru: The bandurria often accompanied a dance called
"zapateo" that made its way from Spain to Cuba to Latin
America. During colonial times the bandurria occupied a
predominant role in the Afro-Peruvian communities in Lima, and
near by Coastal Peru. Today in Peru the bandurria has a strong
presence in Cuzco and in Apurimac regions of Peru. In Peru one
would find the bandurria to have the strings arranged in 12,
14, 16 or 20 courses. A much larger type of bandurria called a
marimacho bandurria. It is found only in the city of Cusco and
its department and played as a soloists instrument. In Spanish
the word "marimacho" translates into "hermaphrodite". The
marimacho bandurria is tuned a fifth below from.