ASEAN Music Instrument: Rebana

Date : 20 Jun 2020

ASEAN Music Instrument: Rebana

Country: Brunei


Rebana is a hand frame drum, with a drumhead wider than its body depth. The frame of rebana is made of wood, and the drumhead is usually made of animal skin or membrane stretched over the wider end. It usually plays by striking at the membrane that covered over with the hands to create the rhythmic pattern.

Rebana is closely associated with Islam as the term “rebana” is originated from the Middle East, which is hypothetically derived from the Arabic word “rabbana”, meaning “our Lord”. Besides, the sound of it often uses in Islamic devotional music in Southeast Asia, particularly in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.


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