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date: 22 November 2019

Angramutlocked

  • Mervyn McLean

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Rudimentary xylophone of Blanche Bay, New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It consists of two pieces of hardwood with fire-toughened ends, 75 to l m long, about 15 cm wide, flat, and unequal in length. The player first makes a hole (resonator) in the sand over which he sits with his legs apart. He then places the two sticks across his thighs and plays upon them with two short wooden sticks.

Angramut is also the local term for the garamut (slit drum) in Blanche Bay, on the Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain. By the 1880s it was rarely seen. It was about 1 m long, 40 to 50 cm wide, with handles on the side, and was usually painted red or white. A taboo instrument, kept in the possession of chieftains, it was used to accompany dirges, signal deaths, and give calls to battle or festivities.

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