The Alu Bunyi


The alu bunyi originated from the activity of pounding rice. The mortar and pestle normally used to pound rice are used to produce an eccentric mix of music. It is popular among the farmers and the local community in Perlis and is usually associated with the harvest festival.

In the Minangkabau community in Negeri Sembilan, is is called “tumbuk kalang” where several players will ‘pound’ the mortar while singing.