Khamu scraper

Khamu kra-at

with percussion at New Year festival near Chiang Khong

Bamboo tube about 90 cm. long closed by a node at one end, the end with the node cut open; a broad slit 1 inch wide cut in @ three quarters of the length of the tube and on either side of it an incision is made in the tube’s surface producing the distinctive rasping sound. The instrument is scraped with  a stick with a row of indentations.

The kra-at is played along with the kaltun gongs and possibly other percussion instruments at festival times. The Khamu seem to be the only people in this region to use scrapers

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