Get to Know Sasando, a Traditional Musical Instrument from Rote, NTT – Sasando is a stringed instrument that is played by picking. This traditional musical instrument comes from Rote, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

In the Rote language, the name Sasando comes from the word Sasandu, which means a tool that vibrates or sounds. The sound of this traditional musical instrument from NTT is similar to the sounds of guitars, harps, violins and harps.

Sasando is made of bamboo and palm leaves. Initially Sasando strings were made of palm leaf sticks, before then using strings like now.

There are several versions of the Sasando legend that developed in the Rote community. Some say Sasando was discovered by two shepherds named Lunggi and Aman Balo on Rote Island around the 17th century. At that time, Sasando’s string varied from 9-52.

Another version of this traditional musical instrument from NTT is Sasando was created by a man from Rote to attract the hearts of princesses from the kingdom. However, the famous Sasando legend is the story of a young man named Sangguana who slept in the Rote savanna and had a dream.

Sangguana dreams of playing a musical instrument from palm leaves. This dream is repeated. Finally he made a musical instrument like the one in his dream. And Sasando, this traditional musical instrument from Rote appeared.

Currently this traditional musical instrument from NTT are not only played in the Rote area. But Sasando is also played by people in other areas in NTT.

Sasando is made of long tubular bamboo. In the middle, circle from top to bottom a buffer or a block. This is called Senda in the Rote language.

Senda is the place for the strings that are stretched around a bamboo tube. Its function is to produce different tones depending on the passage of the string.

This Sasando tube is then placed in a container that is somewhat rounded. This container is from palm leaves for Sasando’s resonance.

From time to time, Sasando developed. This starts from the number of Sasando strings, starting at 7 strings, 10 strings, developed into 24 strings, 28 strings, then developed into 32 strings, and 48 strings. Sasando also developed from acoustic to electronic.

The old or traditional Sasando is equipped with a hook at the end, later it will be wrapped around the neck and on the lap. Whereas the modern Sasando is not worn and can be connected to the speaker. Usually Sasando players use Tilangga hats (palm leaf hats)

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