Kacapi Kajang

Name: Kacapi Kajang.
Type: Boat Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Satch No#: 321.322.6
Country: South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The kacapi kajang or kapacing is a type of boat lute found in Tanah Toa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is played among the Kajang people who reside in Tana Toa, Sulaweisi. The number of frets or more accurately in this case “finger posts” vary in number. Names are given to the finger posts for identification. From the first fret “lompo” [large], ari [younger sibling] and “bungko” [younger sibling].

Playing Technique: Similar to other boat lutes the bottom string is played as the melody string and the top string is played as a drone.

Construction: Having a long slender body the strings travel from a very high bridge called a possina or “the naval” to the tuning pegs, called tolinna “the ear” in the local language Bahasa Kongo”. The strings are called galang, the galang or strings, nowadays is fishing line.

Citations: Websites: aurelarchipelago.com – Palmer Keen ;


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