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2008.06.23

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tyron

Wow. It seems that the jaw harp is common throughout Southeast Asia, or at least in my country (simple straight ones up the Mountain Province, multicolored curvaceous harps down Davao). I used to own and play one. I've heard it also accompany our national anthem and the effect was more heartfelt.

Robyn

Hi Tyron - on Mindanao only? What are they called in Tagalog? And how long did it take you to become proficient?

Ed

The ones from the Mountain Province (Luzon) are called kubing. I don't know what the ones from Mindinao are called. I suspect that the lowland Filipinos had them at one point as well, but just fell out of favor.

Anyway, great to hear some genggong music here. But, to tell the truth, the jaw harp that really sounds like a frog is called an enggong. These are similarly constructed, only that they are actually blown, and they come with a palm leaf amplifier.

ELE

Woweee - the power of music. The first couple of seconds of that recording immediately transported me back to South East Asia.

That sound is distinctively of that region.

Thank you Robyn and Dave!

Robyn

Thanks Ed. Enggong are also Balinese?

ELE - yes I agree. One listen of this and I wanted to hop on the next flight to Bali...

Ed

Yes, "enggung" are also Balinese.

http://tinyurl.com/68s2n9

Despite what the title description says, these are "enggung", not "genggong".

tyron

I also call it kubing ('coo-bing). I guess I was lucky to observe some friends who are players during my stay at the university (one such group of players is Edru Abraham's Kontra Gapi, a local gamelan ensemble). You make contortions with your mouth while blowing controllably at the same time. It takes some patience and practice, but I must admit that I only slightly achieved the proficiency of the Kontra Gapi.

The instrument was also used during courtship by the northern folks. There's a play set somewhere meant to convey that guy likes girl and another set to mean the girl likes the guy back or otherwise.

B

Brings me back to days of dancing and festive libations in Mindanao...

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