This guest post and giveaway is written and sponsored by award-winning multicultural musician “DARIA-” Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou.
One great way of sharing cultures is to explore the different instruments that are found in various countries around the world. If you were to visit the area around China, Tibet, Nepal or Northern India, you might see some really unique instruments including a bowl that sings and small cymbals attached to a string that are carefully struck together to make a sound like a beautiful bell.
First there’s the singing bowl. Here is a picture of four of my favorite singing bowls – each only has a different size, shape and decoration, as well as a unique voice when played with a wooden stick. No one actually knows how old this instrument is but most historians think it was probably created about 3,000 years ago when the bronze age began in ancient China.
If you get a chance to explore a singing bowl, you’ll find that you can play it two different ways. You can tap it with a mallet and it will ring like as bell, or you can apply pressure with a wooden stick in a circular motion to the side of the bowl and a sweet, sustained note will ring out – as if it were singing! We have a wonderful little singing bowl that we’re giving away this month and we’ll write all about Tibetan singing bowls on our Making Multicultural Music Blog.
Although this bowl is small, it still “sings” beautifully. To sign up for our contest, just send an e-mail that says “Singing Bowl” to firstname.lastname@example.org and your name will be entered to win. And if you win, I promise to walk you through the steps so you can make it sing for yourself!
Next, there’s the tingsha (or ting-sha). These are two small, rather heavy cymbals that are attached to a rope or piece of rawhide. They are usually about 2.5 to 4 inches in diameter and are played by gently striking them against each other. The sound is relaxing, beautiful and it’s no wonder that these two instruments are often heard in the United States as part of yoga or meditation practices.
Celebrate the Year Of The Dragon – Win A Pair of Tingsha Bells From Nepal
Would you like to win your own tingsha cymbals from Nepal? We’re giving away a pair designed with a beautiful dragon pattern – perfect for celebrating the year of the dragon.
There are 2 ways to enter the raffle:
1) Tweet the following: “I entered a #giveaway: Tingsha Cymbals from Nepal! via @dariasmusic @kidworldcitizen”
2) Leave a comment and tell us what world music you enjoy listening to with your kids!
We will announce the winner next Monday. Happy Chinese New Year! Xin Nian Kuai Le! 新年快乐
Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has five CD’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her website, dariamusic.com, was given a 2009 Parents Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.