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Pronounced ("ken-dong"), is a conical-shaped drum stretched with goatskin on each side and played with two hands, or one hand and one stick (pongool). Gamelan is the name given to any orchestra in Bali and Java that consists of gongs, metallophones, percussion ("kendang"), flutes, strings and other instruments. There are usually two different sized kendangs in a gamelean orchestra ("gong - keyba"), and these orchestras can consist of up to forty members.

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The WORLD BEATS video features live, costumed performances of ancient, ethnic, percussive traditions. Aaron Plunkett puts it all together in this fascinating 33 minute program. SEE MORE...

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