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date: 14 November 2019


  • Mervyn McLean
  • , revised by Raymond Ammann


Slit drum of the ‘Are‘are people, Malaita, Solomon Islands. This horizontal slit drum is used solo exclusively to send signals. The approximately 12 known signals include the announcement of a death, a forthcoming feast, the upbraiding of a pig thief, and so on. In the north of Malaita (To’abaita people, Fataleka people) these signals are struck with a single stick, and in the middle of the islands (‘Are‘are people) they are struck with two sticks in the same way as in the slit drum ensemble ...

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