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date: 14 November 2019


  • Margaret J. Kartomi


Generic word for drum in Flores, Indonesia. Most are cylindrical with a single head, and they are played with gongs on solemn and festive occasions in the nggo laba ensemble. There are several varieties. The laba dera is about 40 to 50 cm long and 25 to 30 cm in diameter. It is made of coconut palm, tuak, or other wood, and one head is covered with dried horsehide, which is laced to the body with rattan and tensioned with wooden wedges. It is played with the hands. Other varieties, such as the laba wai and laba toda, can be made of wood and are slender and slightly conical. The laba bhegu is usually bamboo, about 75 to 80 cm long and of variable diameter (often 15 to 20 cm) depending on the kind of bamboo used. Its horsehide head is laced to the body with rattan, and its base is cut away so that it stands on three legs. The ...

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