Its inhabitants lived in small hamlets surrounded by temporary gardens, in the heart of the forest which fed them. Their fine knowledge of the vegetal and animal world impregnated their imaginary and their arts. The massive immigration of farmers from other regions of the Philippines disrupted the territory. This sudden transition was detrimental to the Tboli, many of whom lost all access to land and now live in utter precariousness. Tudbulul, the mythological hero, lived alone with his family in a forest site called Lemhadong.
One day, he organized a concert in which he gathered all the known music instruments and played them one after the others with his sisters. It attracted many inhabitants of the forest, who were delighted and decided to stay and live together with Tudbulul : this is how was founded the Tboli nation. The musicians and artisans of the Lemhadong collective all reside in the village of Dekolon, on a hill overlooking Lake Sebu. They don't know how to read nor write, and survive day by day through small jobs. They learned music by observing the adults when they were children.
No-one ever taught them, except sometimes a fairy appearing in their dreams. As a matter-of-fact, Tudbulul's concert didn't gather only humans : the fairies, custodians of the forest, were also attracted, and they were so enthralled by music that since then, they have been helping learning musicians by appearing in their dreams to encourage them. According to the Lemhadong artists, their musicianship has a lot to do with these wild fairies fond of music. The general esthetics of Tboli music is vibrant, light and quick, with melodic patterns repeated like the geometric patterns used in the art of weaving. The many instruments are always played solo.
The combination of several instruments as well as the association of voice and music are almost absent. The main instruments are the hegelung lute, the tubular zither sludoy and the klintang and smaggi metallophones, surrounded by a variety of small instruments : flutes, jaw harps & reedpipes. Though the instruments are played by many, singing - half declaimed and always as a soloist - is only practiced by recognized authors and performers. The members of the collective are: Fingguy Flang, Tunding Maguan, Luming Tuan, Lundi Langon, Minga Maguan, Mina Tungan, Melun Malungal, Neyet Mindal, Blina Tuhitum, Mundi Baai, Anay Maguan, Asita Ralla Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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