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Keeping alive a dying art


The gambus is a musical instrument played by plucking its strings with a plastic plectrum, much like the guitar.

It is primarily the lead melodic instrument in Malay music genres such as the Arabian-influenced zapin, masri and hamdolok as well as the Indian-inspired ghazal – all of which are normally performed at Malay weddings and religious festivals.

Filial help: Mohd Diah making a gambus with the help of his daughter Rohana at theirworkshop in Batu Pahat.
   

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