The beat of tnonggong

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tnonggong, one of the indigenous musical instruments of the T’bolis, they’re one of the indigenous people of the Province of South Cotabato . It’s made of deer skin and tapped by hand to produce music. And I was surprised that with its small size it can produce shrill sound, very out of the ordinary. 

When we we’re in Lake Sebu, the cultural dancers use this during their performance. The Tboli’s believe that there are spirits dwelling in inanimate objects, therefore they tap this instrument lightly before and after their show. 

You can’t find this over at musiansfriends gibson 2015 lpj though, but you can definitely have one when you visit Lake Sebu.

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