Cool! 16 Kinds of North Sulawesi Musical Instruments

Welcome to our website. Here, we will discuss interesting themes about North Sulawesi musical instruments. Even though it is in the form of a traditional musical instrument, its beauty and independence should not be confused with modern equipment.

Uniquely, even though it seems old school, this North Sulawesi musical instrument has proven to be able to survive and remain sustainable until now. For that, so you can find out too, let’s read the following interesting reviews.

Images and Description of North Sulawesi Musical Instruments

1. Kolintang

Kolintang is a famous musical instrument from the Minahasa region, North Sulawesi. This equipment is made of wood, and is included in the category of percussion instruments. The wood used is only local types of wood, which are strong and light, such as waru wood, cempaka wood, and wenuang wood.

This musical instrument is still preserved. Because, it is our duty as the nation’s successor, to protect the ancestral heritage. This also applies to other cultures, which are discussed in full at Read article about Tari Tradisional (famous traditional dance) for further understanding.

2. Momongan

Momongan, or what is also commonly referred to as Gong, is a type of traditional musical instrument from Tomohon, MInahasa. To make it, a basic material of brass or bronze is needed. To play this Momongan, just hit it, so it produces a sound. Momongan is often used as a musical instrument to accompany art and entertainment performances.

3. Salude

Salude is a musical instrument that is included in the indo-kardofon family. Because, Salude can be played in 2 ways, namely by being hit or plucked using banana tree fronds. The way to make it is quite easy, only by using a large bamboo segment, which is perforated on one side for the resonator.

4. Tetengkoren

Tetengkoren is a kind of Kentongan-like musical instrument, it’s just that it’s quite long. In the past, this equipment was often used as a traditional communication tool and also functioned as a pest repellent. Along with the development, nowadays Tetengkoren is often performed in big events, for example to welcome guests or to open festivals.

5. Santu

Santu musical instruments are made with the basic ingredients of bamboo, wood, and rattan, which are made of long and round shapes. In this part of the bamboo, a hole is usually given which functions as a resonator hole. This musical instrument can be played in 2 ways, either plucked or beaten.

6. Yori

Yori is a kind of mouth harp instrument, with a small size like the Genggong musical instrument from Bali. To make it, it takes several materials, such as bark, bamboo, palm fronds, and rope. Generally, this tool is mostly played by the Kulawi tribe during a lunar or solar eclipse. Or, sometimes this tool is also played to entertain yourself, because the sound is quite loud.

7. Bansi

Bansi is played by blowing it, just like on a flute. To make it, it takes bamboo material, and is equipped with several holes to set the tone. Generally, this instrument is often played as a melody in musical performances.

8. Oli

Oli is a type of traditional North Sulawesi musical instrument, which is now very rare, even almost extinct. This equipment is made using materials from bamboo, and is played by blowing it with the mouth. Uniquely, this instrument uses the oral cavity for its resonator. In a musical performance, Oli can be played along with Arababu, Salude, Bansi, and Sasehang.

9. Sasehang

Sasehang is a musical instrument made from pieces of bamboo, then shaped like a bird’s beak. To play it, one only needs to hit it using a stick that has been coated with rubber. The rhythm that Sasehang produces depends on the length of the bamboo segment.

10. Arababu

Arababu is a musical instrument similar to Rabab, it’s just that it has only one string and has a smaller size. This instrument is made using material from animal skin, with resonators from coconut shells. To spread the strings, bamboo was used. The way to play Arababu is by swiping, using bamboo tools and strings from Hote banana fibers.

11. Pare

Pare musical instrument made of dried bamboo. To play it, you only need to hit it with your hands. Generally, this equipment is often played as entertainment to fill spare time.

12. Lalove

Lalove is a type of wind instrument, which is widely used to accompany traditional dance arts. It’s just that, Lalove is known as a rather mystical musical instrument. Because, people who hear the rhythm of this instrument, may lose consciousness, or even be possessed. For this reason, Lalove musical instruments are forbidden to be played carelessly.

13. Kanda

Kanda is a type of musical instrument that is played by being hit with the palm of the hand or beaten with the tip of the thumb. This instrument is not much different from the Kendang from Java, it’s just that the size of the Kanda is smaller and slimmer.

14. Gimba

At first glance, Gimba is similar to the Javanese Kendang, but it is rounder in size and slightly longer. The sound produced from this music comes from the anoa skin membrane or buffalo skin, which is played by being hit. Generally, gimba is widely used to accompany martial arts or traditional dance attractions.

15. Tatali

Tatali musical instruments are made using bamboo as the main material. Generally, this equipment is made with a length of 50 cm and a diameter of 2 cm. This musical instrument is also equipped with 3 holes for the tone.

16. Tutuba

Tutuba is a musical instrument originating from SUku To Wana, North Sulawesi. This instrument is played by plucking the strings. To make it, it takes materials from bamboo and is usually used to accompany traditional Sulawesi dances.


This time, the discussion about North Sulawesi musical instruments was also finished. We hope that, by reading this article, all readers’ insights will increase. And this is our contribution in introducing and preserving local culture.

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