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date: 15 November 2019

Geso-gesolocked

  • Margaret J. Kartomi
  • , revised by Mayco A. Santaella

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Spike fiddle of the Koro people of central Sulawesi and in the region of Poso. It is now rare. The resonator can be made from a gourd or half a coconut-shell, with a soundtable of buffalo or goat skin. One type, similar in size to the coconut version, had a wooden box resonator without a skin. One or two strings are lashed to a wooden neck, which passes through the resonator and protrudes to form the spike. Sometimes a sliding rattan loop surrounds the strings and neck to increase the tension of the strings, which cross a bridge on the soundtable. The thin bamboo bow has ‘hair’ of rattan fibre. The instrument is used to accompany the singing of epic or historical stories. The player sits cross-legged, holding the instrument upright on its spike....

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