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date: 15 November 2019

Kesut [kasut, tungkat gurong]locked

  • Patricia Matusky


[kasut, tungkat gurong]

Stamping tube of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is usually a piece of bamboo at least 2 metres long and with a very small diameter. The surface is often scraped to produce a curly mass of thin shavings attached at the top end and in the middle of the pole for decoration. The kesut is used in processions by the Kajang community for nearly any festive celebration. A number of players walk in a line up and down the veranda of the longhouse, each holding a kesut vertically so that it can be hit against the floor. Most of the players in this group create a steady running beat, so that, for example, in a repeated 4-beat rhythmic unit some players play on beats 1 and 3 while others stamp their bamboo tubes on beats 2 and 4. The lead player holds two tubes and stamps out a specific rhythmic pattern against the running beat created by the other players....

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