Type: Free-Reed > Aerophone.
Region: Borneo > South East Asia.
Acquisition Source: Borneo > Randy
The Keluri is a free-reed aerophone found in Borneo.
It is played by the Iban and Orang-Ulu peoples. Many relatives of the
keluri include the Chinese sheng, hulusi, hulusheng and the Japanese
Sho. The keluri is a moribund in recent times only a very few people
among the Iban are playing the keluri mainly elderly. This tradition
will likely die out in a matter of 10 years.
My specimen of keluri you see in the photo is used by the Orang Ulu
people or "The Up River People" who inhabit the interior regions of
Borneo. Traditionally the keluri was played for the long dances that are
associated with hunting. The enkeluri played by the Iban people who live
closer to the coast of Borneo can range up to 1 metre in length. Some
enkeluri may reach up to 1.8 meters in length.
The keluri is constructed from a gourd, thin bamboo
reeds and cut lengths of bamboo tube. Each tube of bamboo has an
individual finger hole and serves as a source of air to flow through.
After the five finger holes are carved. The pipes are sorted out in a
circular shape with a centre support pipe. A soot and pitch based
substance "ksoot" fills in the gaps between the gourd and the pipes.
This allows for the pipes to have support and prevents air from escaping