Location : Museum Balanga, Kota Palangkaraya, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
We missed out on the ladies singing contest but made sure we did not for the men.
Youngest singing contestant
Although the singing itself was nothing to shout about the musical instruments that accompanied these singers were truly impressive. The Dayak violin which looked exactly like the Chinese ‘Er hu’ was the very first that we have ever encountered in Borneo.
Dayak ‘Er hu’
The sape here was of a shorter version and had a different tone. It sounded more like a Chinese pipa. It may be shorter in length but never short in beauty and design. Every band had its own style of sape design and all were fascinating in their own way.
Double hornbill design, lovely
On hind sight I wish I had asked all of them to line up their sapes for a photo shoot. That would be so impressive. The sape here is just so different and unique. I was more captivated by their sape than their singing. The songs had pretty much the same tune. The singers need to work on new and different melodies otherwise the singing could be quite boring after a few songs. Lomba Karungut (nyanyian khas suku Dayak)
Empty glass bottle dressed up into a musical instrument, clever.
The stage was opened to the public after the last song