Turali [turahi, tuahi]
- Patricia Matusky
Nose flute of Sabah, Malaysia. The Rungus Dusun people of north Sabah use a relatively short instrument from 30 to 38 cm long, while in the Kadazan Dusun communities it can be from 38 cm to 1 metre long. It is made from a piece of sumbiling bamboo that is open at one end. At the opposite end, closed by a natural node, a small blowing hole is cut into the node. The tube has three equidistant fingerholes and a thumbhole. It is played by placing the blowing hole directly under one nostril while plugging the other nostril to intensify the airstream. In the district of Tambunan some turali are modified to be blown by the mouth: a blowing hole is cut in the side of the proximal end of the tube and a narrow, circular piece of bamboo is added to cover this hole partially to form a sort of mouthpiece. Because of its soft, sombre tone the ...