Masinko is a string musical instrument that only has one thick string. It is played by rubbing it with another arch shaped handle, which has a similar size string tightened on its ends.


An artist who plays masinko should carry it on a strap from his/her shoulder. It can also be put vertically on lap. However, it should be positioned enough for the players to easily move the arch across the vertical string while playing a tune with fingers from the other hand.


Masinko is widely used in Ethiopia, because it can adapt to different plays in Ethiopia. Masinko is also used in traditional music.