Festival Nusak Sasando – Rote Island

Festival Nusak Sasando – Rote Island

October 2018

Sasando is a harp-like stringed instrument originating from Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara. The name sasando is derived from the Rote dialect word ”sasandu”, which means “vibrating” or “instrument of sound”. During the Nusak Sasando Festival, over 100 Sasando players, usually called the Sasando Ta’e Sasanu will participate by wearing the traditional hat of Rote Island made from woven leaves of the lontar palm trees. These hats are called the Ti’ilangga. The participants will then place the Sasando musical instrument on their laps and music is created when the strings of the instruments are plucked in a similar manner to the harp. Almost all materials used to make Sasando are from Rote island. The festival is meant to highlight the beautiful traditional music created by the Sasando, and to expand Indonesia’s infinite musical potential to the international market.

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