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date: 13 December 2019

Bungkau [turiding]locked

  • Patricia Matusky



Idioglottal jew’s harp of Sabah, Malaysia. Various styles are found throughout the state. It is commonly called bungkau among the Dusunic peoples. Among the Lotud Dusun people of Tuaran it is called uriding. The Tindal Dusun (or Kadazan Dusun) from Kota Belud called it turiding, the Bajau from Kota Belud call it kuriding, and the Iranun people refer to it as kubing. It is about 10–15 cm long and is cut from the polod palm frond (tapikan in the Iranun language). Its tongue (sodi), weighted with beeswax (sopinit) to lower the pitch slightly if desired by the player, is vibrated by tapping or plucking its basal end or by pulling an attached string. The non-vibrating part is attached by string to a small decorated carrying-case. This instrument is played for personal expression.

P. Matusky and S.B. Tan: The Music of Malaysia, The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions...

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