Listen Up! “K” is for Kazoo


The lovely, classical kazoo. A mouth instrument, like the jaw harp, but the kazoo is considered a membranophone, because the instrument uses a vibrating membrane to modify the player’s voice. You don’t blow into a kazoo, you hum. Similar instruments have been in Africa for centuries.

Beaufort, South Carolina, has a kazoo museum.

Class it up a little (?) here with a kazoo performance: