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Sasando (or Sesando, Sasandu) is a traditional bamboo tube zither (stringed musical instrument) of native of Rote island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The name ”sasando” derived from Rote dialect ”sasandu” means "vibrating" or "sounded instrument". It is believed that sasando already known to Rote people since 7th century.

The main part of sasando is a bamboo tube that serves as the frame of the instrument. Surrounding the tube, several wooden pieces serve as wedges where the strings are stretched from the top to the bottom. The wedges hold the strings higher than the tube surface, and each height is different for various string lengths for different pitches. The stringed bamboo tube is surrounded by a bag-like fan of dried lontar or palmyra leafs (Borassus flabellifer), functioned as the resonator of the instrument.


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