Indang

Name: Indang.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.311
Diameter: 20 cm > 25 cm.
Depth: cm.
Area: Pariaman, Western Sumatra.
Country: Indonesia.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The indang is a frame drum payed by the Minangkabau people of Western Sumatra, Indonesia. Players normally hold the indang in the left hand and strike it with the right. The indang most notably accompanies an animated song-dance genre of the same name. The indang is performed by a group of men and, more recently, women, often in separate groups.

The singer-dancers sit cross-legged in a long row while playing a variety of interlocking rhythms on the indang. Singing songs with Muslim or political themes, and swinging their arms and upper body synchronously in all directions. In pariaman and some other parts of the Minangkabau area the indang is known as rapa’i; as such, it is sometimes played with gongs, drums, and occasionally, a flute or reed instrument.

Construction: The indang measures 20 cm to 25 cm in diameter. Some indang have metal jingles, typically affixed loosely within two openings in the frame. The head is slapped with the palm or tapped lightly with the fingers.

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