As the name suggests, the mandol is a mandolin. It comes from the same family as the Lute/Oud and has gone through changes in both name and appearance. It is especially important in folk music, for example in Algeria.
The tuning is one quint deeper then that of the mandolin,
for four chorus CC-GG-DD-AA and
for five chorus CC-GG-DD-AA-EE
It appears that during the destruction of the traditional handwork city society in Algeria (through French colonialisation and then the 2nd world war)
the manufacture of the older Kuitra stopped and became more or less obsolete. Between the two world wars, and during the 2nd World War, the Kuitra was replaced with the half industrial mandolin produced in Mirecourt. This can be seen in photos of algerian ensembles from the 1940s and 1950s where the mandolin rather than the Kuitra is visible.
The virtuoso of the period was Saci. Another renowned mandolin and kuitra player was Mohammed Bahar (1920 – 2000), to whom the addition of two frets for quarter tones in the 1940s is attributed. This created a new instrument, the mandol oder mondol.
We offer the mandol with or without Bünde (andalusian Chaabi-Music).