Selingup

Name: Selingup.
Type: Nose Flute > Aerophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.111.12
Country: Borneo, Malaysia.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The selingup or selingut is a nose flute played by the Kayan people of the interior of Sarawak, a province on the Malaysian side of Borneo. Nose flutes in Sarawak were traditionally played by both men and women, as part of the courtship process.

And also at funerals to appease the spirits of those that have passed. This instrument is thicker and shorter than neighbouring Kejamin instruments, but has the same sweet sound, and is capable of two octaves.

A recording exists of his brother, Ajang, playing the selingup in found on Sawaku, Music of Sarawak, Pan Records 2067CD. Mering and Ajang are two of the last good nose flute players in the region.

Citations: Websites: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com [Selingup article]

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