Type: Internal Duct > Flute > Aerophone.
Region: Peru > Bolivia > South America.
Acquisition Source: Peru, Rene Hugo-Sanchez.
The pingullo is a flute that is a member of the
aerophone family. It is played throughout Indigenous communities in
Peru, Bolivia and in Ecuador. Traditionally the pingullo is performed by
the same musician who is playing the bombo (a double sided drum). The
pingullo is made from a section of bamboo usually they have 2 finger
holes. Pingullos having 6 to 7 finger holes are favoured by the
The pingullo shares the same features as the pito
since they are of the same type of flute and belong to this particular
family of aerophones. Pingullo are constructed with a labium as they
belong to the same family of flute as the European recorder. The labium
is a small thin angular flange that splits the air and produces the
sound of the flute when played. The labium completes the mouth piece of
the flute as it is critical to this instrument.