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Myanmar Music

Myanmar dance with instruments
Myanmar orchestra

Traditional Myanmar music is based mainly on percussion. Various kinds of music, songs, and dances are named after the kinds of drums used. Large sidaw (see-daw) drums are used for formal music, long bonshay drums for folk music, and pot-shaped ozi (OH-zee) and two faced dobat (DOE-bat) drums for village celebrations. Other instruments include oboes, flutes, gongs, cymbals, bamboo clappers, and bamboo xylophones.

The Myanmar orchestra includes a drum circle of nine to twenty-one drums suspended on a circular wooden frame. A gong circle of up to nineteen gongs is arranged in scale on a wooden frame around a single performer. Westerner instruments, such as violins, guitars, and accordions, sometimes accompany the traditional instruments.



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