Saturday, October 13, 2007

Name of instrument: Kompang

Origins: Malay

Parts: The Kompang is a shallow frame drum with a goal or cow hide skin nailed to the wooden frame by metal news.

Usage: It is usually found in large kompang ensembles, playing interlocking rhythmic patterns for processions, to accompany the choral singing of zikir (independent songs) and to perform music for various social occasions.
The Kompang is usually played in groups with legs crossed when sitting, standing, or walking in procession, depending on the need. The player uses one hand to hold the Kompang while the other is used to hit it.

Reason for selection: we can learn about malay culture through playing a malay instrument, and we can play interlocking patterns with our classmates.