Name: Singkadu.
Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Duct.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.221.12
Country: North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The singkadu is a duct flute played by the Mandailing and west coast peoples of North Sumatra. This instrument is almost obsolete but makers can be found in Sorkam on the West Coast, and in recent recordings it has been made in Mandailing. An old Batak singkadu is held in the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam.

Construction: It is made from a tube of bamboo about 20 cm in length and 1.5 cm in width. This flute has six or seven finger holes approximately 1 cm apart and together measures the length of a hand with fingers out-stretched. It is made of the buloh cino variety of bamboo, which in some areas is rare.

Citations: Bibliography: Stanley Sadie ~ New Grove Dictionary Of Music, Book Vol, 3 P to Z, Page 389 ;

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