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Sasando, Endangered Heritage.

19 November 2010 829 views No Comment

If the harp, piano, and guitar became the most historic and significant findings in the music world, then Sasando from Rote Island, Indonesia, deserves more appreciation. This traditional musical instrument has existed since decades ago and produces sound combination of three musical instruments: harp, piano, and guitar..



Sasando is not just harp, piano, or guitar, but three musical instruments in one rhythm, melody, and bass. So, although it’s a traditional musical instrument, it’s applied universaly. Sasando. Musical instruments were classified as cordophone that is played by picking the strings that are made of fine wire. Sasando resonator made of palm leaves that looks like a squiggly water reservoir..

The notation composition is not uniform like any musical instruments in general, but it has a notation that irregular and not visible since it’s wrapped by resonator. Sasando is played with both hands from the opposite direction, left to right and right to left. Left hand plays the melody and bass, while the right hand plays the accord.



Unfortunately, Sasando is like a maestro’s masterpiece that’s hidden and almost extinct. The extraordinary musical instrument has even become stranger in it’s own place of origin.

Actually, the regeneration of Sasando player and maker had been done by Indonesia government, but to no avail. Old people who are always proud to play Sasando for their children or in traditional ceremonies, complete with clothing and traditional dances, many have deceased. Meanwhile the younger generation is not much interested to even know this instrument.

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