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date: 14 November 2019

Ketebong [katebong]locked

  • Patricia Matusky



Drum of the Ibans of Sarawak. The wooden body is more than 1 metre long. It is tapered slightly at the middle creating the ‘waist’ and then gradually expands at the open foot. Its single head is often made of snake skin that is attached with rattan laces running from the edge of the skin to a rattan brace located at the waist. Small wooden wedges are inserted between the laces and the body to tighten the head, which is struck by the player’s hands. The ketebong is usually played in a horizontal position as the seated player cradles the head in his lap. It is used in the Iban engkerumong ensemble to support the rhythmic patterns played on the engkerumong gong chime, and it is also played with several other ketebong in a drum ensemble.

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

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