Sunday, May 02, 2010

Native music ushers in Kaamatan

KENINGAU: The strains of a seldom heard traditional musical instrument captivated the crowds who turned up for Sabah’s month-long Kaamatan or Harvest Festival.

They listened transfixed as 130 secondary students played the bungkau or a bamboo jaw harp producing sounds similar to the indigenous Australians’ didgeridoo.

These students of SMK Gunsanad II played the instrument for an hour during yesterday’s launch of the festival.

They are hoping their musical feat will make it into the Malaysia Book of Records.

Spectators at the Keningau community centre where the festivities were held were also treated to the beatings of the tanggungak, a bamboo musical instrument that produces sounds similar to gongs.

The performers were 130 members of the Murut community, who played their “Angkukui” song.

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