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Traditional Malay instruments

  

Malaysia is a country with a rich musical history. While all genres of music are popular in the country, the traditional Malay sound continues to be popular. If you are interested in learning more about it, here are the most common instruments used in traditional Malaysian music.
Harmonium
The Harmonium was first played in Britain, though it migrated to India in the days of the Commonwealth. The Malays began to use it as part of their ghazal poetic performances.
Rebabtraditional malay instruments
If you are listening to a piece of rhythmic Malaysian trad and you hear a sweet, pulled melody running through it, chances are it comes from a rebab, which is one of the most popular bowed lute in the Malaysian trad family.
Angklung
This comprises two bamboo tubes that have been attached to a larger bamboo frame. Each one is tuned to octaves and the player strikes them in turn to create a haunting, resonant sound.
Kompang
You'll see this percussion instrument being played in large ensembles, often to accompany choral singers at traditional ceremonies such as weddings.
Gamelan
Another percussion instrument, the Gamelan is made of brass, giving a deep, metallic drum pop sound.
Seruling
The Seruling is argued by some to be the earliest known instrument in Malaysian culture. It's a bamboo flute popular amongst Malay tribes from the jungle regions.
Gong
You've probably seen these before – a huge hanging brass tray that is hit by the player to create a resounding, echoing percussion sound from its centre.
Marwas
The Zapin dance is a very popular dance you will see in both Malaysia and Indonesia. Accompanying the dancers movements is likely to be a Marwas player, who will strike the instrument with one hand while the performers move.
Serunai
This wind instrument is made out of wood with seven holes in the upper part and a single hole one the other end. It is often played to accompany dances and martial arts performances.
Gendang
The Gendang is another Malaysian drum. Made out of buffalo and cow hides, it is slapped on both ends.
Gambus
This another member of the lute family, played in both zapin and ghazal performances.

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