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Bedok [beduk]locked

  • Patricia Matusky

Drum of West Malaysia and Sarawak. The usually cylindrical wooden body, sometimes longer than one metre, bears one head of either cow or water buffalo hide, depending on the size of the drum (buffalo hide is thicker and stronger and lasts longer). The head is attached with laces and struck with a pair of wooden sticks. The bedok is stored and played in a simple roofed, open-walled structure located near a village mosque. It is usually suspended from the roof beams of this structure in a wooden frame that allows easy access to the head. The player beats vigorously to call the villagers to prayer and to attend meetings.

Bibliography

  • J. Chong: Traditional Musical Instruments of Sarawak (Kuching, 2000), 100–01.