Kadazan Dusun
Latest News
Vizione's unit shortlisted to develop Papar Dam in Sabah |  Blockbuster FA Cup final in store |  Sabah football all out to reach new heights |  Malaysia Autoshow Sabah Oct 19-20 to showcase latest vehicles |  UMS, UNICEF to introduce Communication for Development Sabah programme |  1.4 lizong aiso MyKad sundung tu kiumul hobi 12 toun |  Kusai Pakistan tinaan tu au tuminanud kootulan Imigresen |  Mongindapu koonduan suuon sumimban kumaa pongindopuan digital |  Human-elephant conflict in Sabah: Local community plays crucial role in conservation |  SPSB supports Petronas LNG Ltd in third STS operation |  Value of Tabung Haji's domestic equity rises by RM1.12 bln as of Sept |  AIA launches A-Plus MedCare rider |  M'rakat Murut digalakkan terus terap bahasa ibunda |  Raymond Ahuar buat laporan polis |  Program kempen simpanan khas pupuk amalan menabung di kalangan pelajar | 

Two cousins out to preserve Dusun ethnic music

19th September, 2019

TAMPARULI: Despite the challenges of the modern world, two cousins from Kampung Puhus, here, choose to preserve the traditional musical instruments of the Dusun ethnic group.

Jyrolynn Jitour, 23, and Eva Elkana Duanis, 22, decided to do so when they realised many of their peers considered the traditional instruments such as sompoton (mouth organ made of gourd and bamboo pipes), flute, marimba (percussion instrument comprising wooden bars and rubber mallets), tagunggak (bamboo idiophone) and skopion (percussion instrument) as outdated.

The lack of interest among their peers has not stopped them from preserving the legacy by learning in depth the techniques of playing these musical instruments to pass it on to the younger generation.

A graduate in fine arts from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Jyrolynn admitted being passionate about instilling love for Dusun ethnic arts such as playing its traditional musical instruments.

“Therefore, I would not be angry if our efforts to preserve our Dusuin heritage are considered by some to be a waste of time and of no benefit.

“As a child, I was exposed to traditional music as my parents used to play some of the instruments such as sompoton and flute.

“My grandfather, Limunduk, who died at the age of 80, was not only good at playing the sompoton, but also known as an expert in making the instrument among the folks in Kampung Puhus,” she told Bernama here.

Despite not inheriting the skills that her grandfather and parents had, she said she would continue playing the sompoton and flute to preserve the heritage.

Meanwhile, Eva Elkana has for 11 years been learning how to play traditional instruments such as flute, tagunggak, kulintangan (set of gongs) and marimba through workshops led by president of the Tuaran Cultural Association (PESTA), Kuhim Ebin Ugat.

“I was intrigued by the way of playing traditional Dusun ethnic music,” said she who studied up to Form Six at Sekolah Menengah Advent Tamparuli.

She said it would be a loss to let the art die, especially when some folks were still willing to teach it to the young. Eva Elkana hopes that more peers will come forward to uphold and preserve the traditional arts without feeling embarrassed so as to keep these treasures alive. –Bernama

Email Print