Show Summary Details

Page of
PRINTED FROM Oxford Music Online. © Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single article in Oxford Music Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

Sigu bawalocked

  • Andrew C. McGraw


Idioglot aerophone of southern Nias, Indonesia. In the north it is called sigu m’bawa. It is made from a segment of bamboo 20 to 30 cm long, closed at the top by a node. The top 4 cm is filed narrower and thinner than the rest of the tube. A single reed, about 2.5 cm long, is cut upwards into the side of the top section, eventually opening into the air column; the free end beats against the outer wall of the tube. When blown, the entire top section is placed into the mouth of the player, who uses circular breathing. When fingerholes are included there are usually three, and the side of the tube is shaved to create a flat surface where the holes are drilled....

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.