Type: Chordophones > Zither > Idioglot > Tube >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 312.12
Area: Roti Island, Flores.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The sasandu or sesando is an idioglot tube zither that is played in Flores Island, Indonesia. The sasandu is played by the Roti people who reside in the neighbouring island of Roti.
Repertoire: The sasandu is played at weddings and funerals, it is believed to possess supernatural powers. Occasionally the sasandu is played as a solo instrument, this zither is predominantly used to accompany songs with verses composed in bini, a special poetic language and refrains in ordinary Rotinese. The songs are often philosophical, portraying the world as dominated by inescapable fate and life as at times disappointing and ultimately fleeting.
Construction: The sasandu is constructed from the body or a resonator made from a lontar palm [Barassus Flabellier L.]
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: ; The MetMuseum / Sesando ;