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Maranaos in Saudi Arabia

Preserved for more than 1700 years by the indigenous, Islamized ethnolinguistic groups in Mindanao, kulintangan is a living testament to the rich cultural history of the Philippines.

These YouTube videos document a Kulintang competition that was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2004. According to this article,

JEDDAH, 17 December 2003 — Representatives of various Maranao organizations have been invited a meeting to discuss plans to hold a “Kakilang Competition” (Maranao Band and Singing Festival Competition). The meeting will be held on Dec. 18, 2003 starting at 9 p.m., at the Tropicana Restaurant on Tahliah St. in Jeddah, said Linogaranao “Bobby” Mapandi.

“Kalilang” is an indigenous musical extravaganza showcasing traditional poetry, song and dances, accompanied by a resounding rendition of the “kulintang” orchestra.

Unlike the most commonly used musical instruments like the piano, guitar, drums and bugles, participants uses ancient or handmade antique instruments called “kulintang” (cylophones), gongs and cymbals, played by 4 or 5 performers wearing traditional colorful Muslim costumes.

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  1. A few years ago I brought your group to the Concert Hour series at Palomar College. I am wondering if you might like to perform again. Please contact me! Thanks.

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