Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Spike > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Country: Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: A bowed upright spike lute, it is called an “arababu” or “rababo” in Bolaang Mongondow in North Sulawesi. As alababu in Gorontalo ; as arababoe in Halmahera and as erbabi in Buru and elsewhere
Construction: Its resonator is half a coconut shell, usually covered with a membrane of buffalo bladder as a sound-table. A slender bamboo neck passes through the shell and meets the proximal end of the instrument’s wooden foot. It has a single string of vegetable fibre or cotton. The bamboo bow has resined ‘hair’ of fibre from the sheath of sugar palm leaves.
Citations: Bibliography: Margaret J. Kartomi, revised by Mayco A. Santaella ; Websites: Oxford Music Online / arababu ;