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date: 13 November 2019

Pepet wuno niolocked

  • Andrew C. McGraw


Leaf oboe of the Ende area of Flores, Indonesia. It is made from a long strip or strips of lontar palm or coconut (nio) palm leaf (wuno) coiled to form a horn. The narrow end of the coil is bitten flat and put into the mouth, so that the leaf edge functions as a multiple reed. Occasionally two separate pieces of palm leaf are stuck into the ‘mouthpiece’ to form a proper oboe, as in the Javanese sompret. The player holds the instrument to the mouth with the right hand, using the left hand as a mute to modulate the tone. In Lio, where it is primarily a children’s toy and is associated with catching a cold, the instrument is called the ...

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