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


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