Kota Kinabalu, People and Places, Street Photography.

old things, new sounds.

Posted in bazaar, Gaya Street by 1davidstella on August 11, 2010
old things, new sounds, gongs, gamelan. Gaya street, Kota Kinabalu.

Old things at the Sunday market, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.


The gamelans sit on strings held up by the carefully spaced sticks. It is said that no two gamelan ensembles are the same. The ones found in Sabah are much less elaborate compared to the Javanese and Balinese ensembles, and they are tuned differently (western influence). They are hit firmly with sticks. The notes are sweet. (I should have recorded a short video clip of this scene.)

The gamelans are played in accompaniment of the larger and vertically suspended gongs. The photo below, from tamu Donggongong, shows an ensemble of the larger gongs in use:-

ethnic sounds at tamu Donggongong

Ethnic sounds at tamu Donggongong.


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