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Home > Brunei > Society and Culture > Music

Brunei Music


Brunei music has a distinctive flavor of its own. The folk music and some of the local musical instruments on which it is played speaks volumes of its rich musical heritage. One of the traditional musical instruments is the Kulintangan which is a collection of bells set in a wooden frame. Then there are the Agongs which are a set of comparatively bigger bells. The Tawak-Tawak also belongs to the same category of musical instruments. The Duck gongs are a bit different in this respect as they produce a slightly different sound. There is the traditional drum known as the Gendang and the Gambus which is a lute with six strings. These instruments are played on the occasion of weddings and often are accompanied by Yadan and Dondang songs.

Another form of folk music in Brunei is the Adai Adai which is considered to be the song of the fishermen. It serves as a kind of clarion call as they sail out on their fishing expedition. The rhythm is in tandem with the paddling of the boats and the movement of the oars. Music in Brunei plays a significant part in the lives of its people as celebrations, festivals and its cultural life is inconceivable without the same.





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