Why was "which" selected, not "who"?

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Ov28

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Nice to meet you! This is my first post. This article from Wikipedia.

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An azmari is an Ethiopian singer-musician, comparable to the European bard. Azmari, which may be either male or female, are skilled at singing extemporized verses,...

I can't understand the reason why "which" is selected here, not "who", though azmari are people. Would you clear it up? Thanks in advance.
 

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Welcome to the forums.

Because it is the word "azmari" that is referred to, not a person.
 

baqarah131

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I'd still say "who" in this context. Azmari refers to people.
While I love Wikipedia, and use it a lot for an overview of a subject, I have to point out that it's written by amateurs, and the English is not always perfect.

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Because it is the word "azmari" that is referred to, not a person.
 
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I also would have used "who" in that sentence.
 
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