Indonesian Culture: Kulintang

Indonesian Culture: Kulintang

In my class, some students who have basis in the field of music were chosen and entered to kulintang band. We started practising on December 2018. In the beginning it was unusual, playing an instrument that was new to me. But as time went it felt very fun and enjoyable. After several times performing in school events, our kulintang band was also asked to perform in other events, such as the Inauguration Service of BPK PENABUR Jakarta Administrators during the 2018-2022 service period, which was held in PENABUR Kota Modern Hall.

Me with Jocelyn after the kulintang performance
also with Matthew!

Have you ever heard of kulintang?

Kulintang is one of Indonesian traditional musical instruments, it is from Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province. This instrument should be played on a team or band, in order to enhance the harmonization.

This instrument which is made of wood was played by being hit. Tones created by kulintang are more complete than those of gambang, from Java.

Minahasanese people often use kulintang to accompany traditional ceremonies, traditional dance performances, traditional songs, also music shows even orchestras.

What is the shape of kulintang?

This musical instrument was made of wood, cut to size and arranged on a wooden base which functions as resonator. Woods used to make kulintang were usually specific woods, which are quite light but dense. Their fibers were arranged in such a way as to form parallel lines.

In music shows, kulintang was usually arranged in certain formations in order to produce the right mix of tones. For complete formation, the melody stands in front. The bass usually fills the back left, meanwhile the cello fills the back right. Other parts of the instrument depend on the width of the stage.

I am so happy for being a part of kulintang band in the school. Let’s love and conserve Indonesian traditional musical instruments!

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