Four more uploads to my youtube channel, this time of an instrument called a ‘sape’ from Borneo. CDs from Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Links below.
From CD: Traditional Music of Sarawak Ethnic Group
04 Sape Indu
07 Sape Kayan
From CD: The Olden Sound
04 Kayan Traditional Music II
05 Kayan Traditional Music III
Apologies, I don’t have more information about the artist or performance; the CD sleeves are in storage on a different continent.
About the sape:
“The most typical of Sarawak musical instruments, the sape, pronounced “sa-peh”, is a traditional lute of the Orang Ulu community or “upriver people” of central Borneo. It is traditionally used by the Kenyahs, Kayans and Kelabit tribes.
Carved from a bole of white wood which repels insects, the sape is a masterpiece of woodcarving. The carver, usually a musician, hollows out the body of the sape with similar tools used in boat-building to a length of about over a metre, and approximately 40cm wide.
Initially, the guitar-like instrument measured less than a metre, and had only two rattan strings and three frets. Today, however, it is common to find sapes with three, four or even five strings. The strings – slender wires used in fishing rods – are held by movable wood frets, and are tightened or loosened with wooden pegs.
The sape was once played solely during healing ceremonies within the rumah panjang (longhouses), but gradually became a social instrument that is used as a form of entertainment. The colourful jungle motifs that adorn the body of the sape mark this change in purpose.”
Buy one here: http://www.angelfire.com/musicals/sapeh/about.html