[PICS] Orang Ulu Sape’ Players

Alena Murang and Mathew  Ngau Jau. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Alena Murang and Mathew Ngau Jau. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Sape player from Sg. Asap, Belaga. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Sape player from Sg. Asap, Belaga. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Sg. Asap sape player. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Sg. Asap sape player. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Sg. Asap sape trio. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Sg. Asap sape trio. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Salomon Kallang Gau and Michael Arang Jalong,  first place winners during 2008 Baram Regatta sape competition. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Salomon Kallang Gau and Michael Arang Jalong, first place winners during 2008 Baram Regatta sape competition. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Salomon Gau and Michael Jalong. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

Salomon Gau and Michael Jalong. Picture by Alyssa Chin (2008).

 

Orang Ulu Kelabit – Music/ Traditional Musical Instruments

According to eBario (2010),

A traditional musical instrument is the sape’, a plucked lute instrument. It is carved from tree trunk in an elongated rectangular shape with a homogenous neck extending from one end of the body. Formerly, its three or four strings were made from finely split rattan, but today they are made of wire strings.

The Kelabit also play the pagang (tube zither), which is made from a length of bamboo tube closed at both ends by its natural bamboo nodes. The strings are finely cut strips from the surface of the bamboo tube itself, which are still attached to the tube at either end.

On special occasion such as Iraus or during visits by VIPs (Very Important Persons), the school children will form a bamboo band where all the musical instruments that are played are made from bamboo.

Performance by Kelabit tribe -Alena Murang – Sape Musical Instrument

Performance of songs and dance by the Kelabit ladies.

Kelabit long dance

Reference List:

farshad parsa. (2013, March 8). Performance by Kelabit Tribe of Borneo – Alena Murang – Sape Musical Instrument [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-5tZCC4KOk

calmaritima. (2013, January 6). Kelabit Highlands – Bario, Borneo, Malaysia. GoPro Full HD [1080] [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FpYJAm0e7w

Jane Ngo. (2008, May 13). Ramudu & Long Seridan maidens – Long Dance [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J40XSYfP4R4

AfriPics. A Kelabit woman plays a traditional stringed bamboo instrument in the Bario Asal longhouse in Bario in Sarawak in Borneo [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.alamy.com/THUMBS/6/%7B0EDBBF9A-0108-4CFA-AAF3-25166B0FE503%7D/BGFA5Y.JPG

Orang Ulu Kenyah – Traditional Dance

The long dance or datun julud.

According to Timothy Tye (2011),

Datun Julud or Hornbill Dance is a traditional dance from Sarawak. The dance is from theKenyah tribe from Kabupaten, Balungan, Kutai Berau and Pasir. The dance was traditionally performed to greet returning warriors, as well as to mark the end of the rice harvest season. It is believed to have been conceived by a Kenyah prince named Nyik Selung to celebrate happiness and gratitude.

The dance is performed by female dancers. The dancers wearhead dress of hornbill feathers. The woman hold feather fans of hornbill feathers, which she moves up and down gracefully, to depict the hornbill in flight. Some times the dance is performed one dancer at a time. When the first dancer finishes her dance, another woman takes her place. Occassionally, up to four women perform the dance together. Nowadays, in performances to tourists, there is no limit to the number of dancers. Some times a male dancer dressed as a warrior is added to depict the returning warrior. The dance is accompanied by the music from the sape.

Depiction of a Kenyah woman dances the Hornbill dance while at the background is the male warrior preparing for Sagah Ngayau during a wedding ceremony. Taken by Alyssa Chin.

Depiction of a Kenyah woman dances the Hornbill dance while at the background is the male warrior preparing for Sagah (warrior dance) during a wedding ceremony. Taken by Alyssa Chin.

A single woman Kenyah hornbill dance.

A group Kenyah women hornbill dance

Sagah Ngayau – One Man Warrior Dance

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One man warrior dance. Taken by Alyssa Chin.

These dances are usually accompanied by one, two or more sape players.

The sape players.Taken by Alyssa Chin.

The sape players.Taken by Alyssa Chin.

Reference list:

Tye, T. (2004). About Datun Julud. Retrieved from http://www.asiaexplorers.com/malaysia/datun-julud.htm

ibanmusic Vina Anakindai. (2009, April 17). Sape vol 14 Datun Julut – Kenyah Tradisional Dance 2009 [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L96Wi3l5fk

rkalang. (2011, November 14). Kenyah Dance by ROSE PIDANG  WAN of Long Semiyang [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ85wPX-6tI

dokasel. (2009, July 17). Leto Kenyah Lemeting Sagak [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcGod4uEvWM

dokasel. (2010, March 23). Anak Kenyah Sagak.wmv [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VqCCxQeP7I

Orang Ulu Music – Sape

Lan E Tuyang performed by the Sape Masters: (l-r) Mathew Ngau Jau, Asang Lawai, and Tegit Usat at the 2011 Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak Borneo. These are recognized as the top sape players in Borneo and have all played internationally.

Lan-e Tuyang (meaning among friends) was originally a duo from Sarawak (Malaysia) consisting of Matthew Ngau Jau and his late uncle Uchau Bilung, both of whom play the sape, a long lute carved from solid wood. Their music originated in rituals associated with headhunters. The duo performed in many international concerts, and tourism promotions in Europe, Australia and Asia.

In 2009, Uchau Bilung passed away and the group continued under the guidance of Matthew Ngau Jau. A quartet formed by three sape players and one percussionist performed at the 2009 Rainforest World Music Festival.

Reference list:

SapeMasters. (2011, November 3). Sape Masters play Lan E Tuyang [Video file]. Retrieved http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Vhiof_BeU

MusicWikiCentral. (2011). Lan-e Tuyang. Retrieved from http://musicwikicentral.com/lan-e_tuyang