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Classification Double reed
Related instruments

The algaita (also spelled alghaita, algayta or algheita) is a double reed wind instrument from Niger, particularly among the Hausa people. Its construction is similar to the oboe-like rhaita and the zurna. The algaita is distinguished from these other instruments by its larger, trumpet-like bell. Instead of keys, it has open holes for fingering, similar to the zurna. [1]


Traditional recordings

  • Music from the Villages of Northeastern Nigeria (Folkways, 1971)

Use in jazz recordings

  • Yusef Lateef, In Nigeria, (YAL Records, 1983)
  • Yusef Lateef, The African-American Epic Suite (1994)


  • H.G. Farmer, "The Arab Influence on the Western Soudan." The Musical Standard, 15 November, 1924.

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