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date: 14 November 2019


  • Michael Webb


Percussion idiophone of the Tolai people, Papua New Guinea. It exists in two forms: a lath of bamboo 15 cm long and 5 cm wide, laid across the thumb and index finger of the half-closed left hand and struck with a short stick; and a bamboo tube 4 cm in diameter and 12 cm long, closed by a node at the top and open at the bottom, with a 10 cm slot cut into the side from the open end. It is gripped around the top by the thumb and forefinger, and the beating stick is held loosely between the fourth and little fingers of the same hand. The player gently and rhythmically flicks his wrist in a circular motion away from the body, causing the stick to bounce against the side of the bamboo in a reiterated triplet pattern. The first form is used in lieu of drums to accompany ceremonial songs; the second as a ...

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