Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Iban music



 The typical Iban agung ensemble will include a set of engkerumungs (small agungs arranged together side by side and played like a xylophone)




I wasn't synchronized, but she didn't laugh at me.

For save the world theme, I like to share the friendliness of our hosts, the Ibans or Sea Dayaks. They open their longhouse, play their special music, perform a miring ceremony, and encourage us to dance their dance, the ngajat. Culture is preserved.

I struck up a conversation with my music teacher. She was very pleased I wore a top like hers. She had her thumbs up while pointing to my top. Not many people wear the Kebaya these days.  She asked where I bought my Nyonya kebaya, and how much I paid for it. I thought was a lot, showing my 4 fingers. To my embarrassment, she told me she paid much more than I did for me. She showed me 5 fingers, Each finger represented 100 ringit.


When I was in school, we used to sing, I am a music man.

I am a music man,
What can you play?
I cam play a piano,
Pia Pia Piano ,
Piano, piano.

Try singing I can play a engkerumung.

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10 comments:

Bagman and Butler said...

Thanks for sharing this...what a warm and musical culture

cloudbusting2 said...

That xylophone-type instrument looks pretty heavy and durable too. I wonder how much variation comes from only 6 bells. Thanks for sharing your part of the world.

Gary said...

Really informative post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

joy said...

Thanks for sharing this kind of tradition in your world:) From OWT.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm glad the culture is surviving!

Andy David said...

Dear Anne,
Beautiful pictures and everyone look so HAPPY! I was looking for you also (smile). Thanks for sharing.

Ellenhopes said...

Loved the pictures!

Ellenhopes said...

Loved the pictures!

Qen Na Cindyrina said...

This is great! interesting post

SandyCarlson said...

Totally cool. You just taught me plenty. I enjoyed reading about your exchange with your teacher, too.