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date: 14 November 2019

Selingut [selengut, keringut]locked

  • Patricia Matusky

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[selengut, keringut]

Bamboo nose flute of the Kayang, Kenyah, and Kajang peoples of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is made from a narrow tube of bamboo usually about 50 cm long. The tube is closed at the top end by a node, into which a small hole is cut to serve as the blowing hole. The flute is held transversely under the nose so that one nostril is blocked while the other blows into the hole. This flute has three to six non-equidistant fingerholes, depending upon the community making and using it. A selingut piece is improvisatory with repeated melodic phrases and usually free rhythm. The selingut is played by men or women in intimate settings for personal entertainment. In Sabah this instrument is called a turali, and in Peninsular Malaysia it has several names including pensol, fensol, and suling.

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

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