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#279 Kulintang

Kulintang is a modern term for an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums.

As part of the larger gong-chime culture of Southeast Asia, kulintang music ensembles have been playing for many centuries in regions of the Eastern Malay Archipelago — the Southern Philippines, Eastern Indonesia, Eastern Malaysia, Brunei and Timor.

The Philippine kulintang traces its roots to the traditions of the Maranao and Maguindanao peoples in particular. Kulintang evolved from a simple native signalling tradition, and developed into its present form with the incorporation of knobbed gongs. It’s importance stems from its association with the indigenous cultures that inhabited these islands prior to the influences of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity or the West, making kulintang the most developed tradition of Southeast Asian archaic gong-chime ensembles.

The kulintang is played by striking the bosses of the gongs with two wooden beaters. Due to its use across a wide variety og groups and languages, the kulintang is also called kolintang by the Maranao and those in Sulawesi, kulintangan, gulintangan by those in Sabah and the Sulu Archipelago and totobuang by those in central Maluku (Source: Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Philippine kulintang!

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