Indonesia boasts a wealth of traditional musical instruments: here the 5 unique indonesian traditional musical instruments you must know.
1. SEURUNE KALEE from ACEH
seurune kalee is made of wood, copper and brass, this funnel-shaped instrument feauters a small plate like base for the user to blow into. Commonly played with the rapai (a drum made from animal skin), it is used to greet honorary guests and as instrument at both public events and wedding parties.
2. SAMPE from Kalimantan Timur
It may resemble a guitar, however this Dayak tribal instrument is recognisable by its long, straight, ornamented body. The Sampe is palyed by picking on a single string, which is fretted to different lengths.
3. ANGKLUNG from Jawa Barat
Made of bamboo, the unique sound of this instrument derives from the vibrations of its bamboo-tube frames, which are combined in small and large sizes to create different musical pitches. This instrument is imbued with various Indonesian philosophies, such as the concept of cooperation of gotong royong.
4. TIFA from Papua
This percussion instrument boasts and elongated, holey wooden body and the parts that are usually made of animal skin. The Papuan tifa is instantly recognisable from the unique carvings that are usually found all over the instrument’s body.
5. SASANDO from Nusa Tenggara Timur
This instrument boasts a unique shape and is played by plucking strings that have been stretched over a bamboo tube. The semi-circular, palm-leaf base acts as a resonating chamber.