Segaba also known as segankore is the national instrument of Botswana. It is a traditional overtone violin with a short bow. By varying the tension of the bow with the thumb it can produce a very large pitch range. The string is usually stopped from below or the side in two or three positions and really good players are known to make the instrument speak. Traditionally it is used to accompany song and topical commentary.

Traditional Botswana violin in progress. Chestnut body with Rose wood pegs. I use a Cello peg reamer for a perfect fit.

Bass Segaba using an Mbira deze as the resonator. The oldest Segaba I have seen has the resonator built up out of cow-dung. The contemporary resonator is a 5 litre oil drum scrunched tight onto the wooden body.

My two string soprano Segaba with a wooden resonator. For the bow I use the hairs from the tail of a wildebeest.

The Boiling Ferment

Music Notation Series



I painted “The Boiling Ferment” (acrylic on canvas 104x67cm) round the same time that I arranged and recorded this piece of music “Nhem.5/7” which was performed on 3 octave karimbas.

These took place during the process of my partner and I producing 220 litres of our own wine. Although growing one’s food oneself is time-consuming, the satisfaction of doing so is immense.

World music workshop

From April 1st until 4th I will teach a series of workshops on african music and rhythm organized by ONE WORLD, the first edition of Intercultural Music Festival in Neu Isenburg (Frankfurt – Germany).

Workshops for African, Arab, Afghanistan and Indian music. Improvisation, arrangement and composition. For young and adults with or without music knowledge. Musicians and singers are welcome.

Part of the workshops results will be performed at the final concert on the 14th of April.

South African music – Phillip Nangle

Arrangment and composition – Volker Staub

Afghanistan, Arab and Indian music – Ustad Ghulam Hussain and others

Improvisation and secret rhythmic interaction – Torsten de Winkel