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Molo Musical String Instrument

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Wood, animal skin, and leather strings.
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The molo is a three-stringed musical instrument from West Africa that is played, or plucked, in the manner of a lute or guitar. The exact spelling and description of these instruments vary, but references to a molo date back to the 19th century in Western culture.
Dr. Turner likely acquired this instrument during his travels in West Africa in 1951-52, as it is featured in a published interview with Turner in the Chicago Daily Tribune (Latin American Music Traced to Origin-Africa: Professor Describes the Year's Research; Gladys Priddy, Chicago Daily Tribune, May 1, 1952, part 5 page 10W.) In a photograph that accompanies the article, Turner's wife is pictured holding the molo.
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