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Nation 21 Jul 2011 | 12:00 AM

Halidan and uncle keep the art of making Malay lute alive in Johor

BATU PAHAT: The gambus, the pear-shaped Malay lute used in i>ghazal/iand i>zapin/imusic, continues to be a vibrant part of the local scene with people like Halidan Ithnin making sure the art of making the instrument stays alive.

Community 25 Jul 2011 | 12:00 AM

Gambus maker keeps tradition alive

HALIDAN Ithnin is a fine example of a young craftsman dedicated to preserving the art of making gambus, a traditional musical instrument.

Community 06 Jan 2006 | 12:00 AM

Gambus tradition kept alive

Hassan Othman has been making the Arabian stringed lute or gambus in Senggarang, Batu Pahat, for the past 40 years. This musical instrument is sought after by ghazal groups in Malaysia and Singapore and collectors of ethnic musical instruments from all over the world.