The Kwitra (also kouitra and quitra); Arabic الكوترة or عود أندلسي (literally Andalusian Oud); is an Algerian stringed instrument, sometimes referred to as the Algerian lute[1]. It is a regional instrument in the Lute family of instruments, related to Italian chitarra.[2][3]

Oudh, Tangier, Morocco, late 1800s, wood, ivory - National Museum of Natural History, United States - DSC00420.jpg
String instrument
Other namesKouitra, Quitra, Quwytara.
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Related instruments
Oud, Mandolin, Mandolute

It has 8 strings in 4 courses. It is tuned G3 G3, E4 E4, A3 A3, D4 D4. The traditional strings are made of animal intestines. They usually have a carved soundhole in the shape of a bowl or vase.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Simon, Broughton & Mark, Ellingham. (2006). The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East. Rough Guides. p. 254.
  2. ^ "ATLAS of Plucked Instruments - Africa". Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  3. ^ "La famille du Oud". Retrieved 10 March 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kwitra at Wikimedia Commons