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The kawala  is an end-blown cane flute used in Arabic music. It is similar to the ney but has six finger holes, while the ney has seven (including one in the back). The kawala comes in up to nine different sizes, according to the maqam.

The kawala is a single reed Egyptian flute that is played by blowing through its end. Though very similar to the ney, a highly popular flute in traditional Middle Eastern music, the kawala does not have a hole in the back as the ney does. The kawala has the fundamental tonal structure customary among the Egyptian folk music community, and the basis for many folk melodies, instrumental or vocal.

The kawala is hollow and has four knots, with six fingerholes in a straight line along it. The instrument has up to nine different sizes, according to the scale required in a musical composition. Most often played today at religious festivals and weddings, it has its origin as a shepherds tool, used to guide their flock. For this reason the seems to assist in any musical composition that contains a “call-and-response” sequence.

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    This professional Kawala comes from the latest collection of one of the most renowned Egyptian craftsman Saber Kawala.

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    Amazing professional Turkish Kaval made of Apricot wood. 

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    This set of 2 Premiums Kawalas come from the latest collection of one of the most renowned Egyptian craftsman Saber Kawala: Do and Sol.

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    This set of 2 Premium Kawalas come from the latest collection of one of the most renowned Egyptian craftsman Saber Kawala. Set of Ré and La.

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    Set of 4 Premium Kawalas: Rast (Do), Doka (Ré), Bousalek (Mi) and Gaharka (Fa) made by Saber Kawala.

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    Complete Set of 8 Premium Kawalas: Rast (Do), Doka (Ré), Bousalek (Mi), Gaharka (Fa), Nawa (Sol), Houssayni (La), Mahour (Si) and Do gawab (High pitched Do) made by Saber Kawala.

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