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date: 10 December 2019

Nehara [nahara, negara]locked

  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs
  • , revised by Patricia Matusky

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[nahara, negara]

Hemispherical kettledrum of the nobat (court ensemble) in Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia. Related and nearly identical instruments include the nenggara of Trengganu and the nengkara of Perak court ensembles. The kettle-shaped body of the nengkara, traditionally made from a special kind of wood, is about 45 cm tall with a head about 41 cm in diameter, while the nehara in Kedah is about 20 cm tall and 37 cm in diameter at the head. In both drums, the body sits on a short base, and when it is placed on the floor for performance it is tilted slightly towards the player, who strikes the head with a pair of very light sticks. The head is made of deer or goat skin and is attached to the body with cords or rattan laces.

The nenggara in the Trengganu nobat is a large footed drum about 38 cm tall, heavily encased in silver and decorated with delicate foliated designs. The goatskin head, slightly wider than the height of the body, is tuned with 15 silver tuning keys about 18 cm below the rim. The drum is tilted slightly forward and struck with strips of rattan. In storage all ...

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