SAVAGE MALAYS OF SELANGOR
which is a mere list of place-names,1 we have few trustworthy records of the words of Sakai songs, with the exception of the account by Colonel Low, where we are told that their a Mampade,a or airs were much in the Siamese style (which last undoubtedly takes the lead amongst the musical compositions of the Indo-Chinese nations), and that their songs had an intermixture of Malay, as in the following specimen which was sung somewhat in the Siamese mode:a
Pirdu salen kinnang ingat sampei Yari mola asal nyite gyijen Ayer ambun umbun moli Kiri baju layang mayep singi.
No satisfactory translation could be got of this fragment, but the greater part of the words are Malay.2
Selangor Sakai.aThe Sakai of Ulu Langat (as also those of Perak) are very fond of a wind-organs,a which are long bamboos with a slit in each internode, which are lashed to the top branches of trees, and which give out musical tones when the wind blows over them.3
Blandas.aThe chief musical instruments of the Blandas were, their so-called bamboo a guitars,a flutes, Jewas-harps, and drums.4
A drum which I purchased with not a little difficulty from a chief of the Blandas tribe, whose encampment was situated in the swampy jungle
1 Hale, p. 296. 2 J. /.A. vol. iv. p. 431.
3 H. J. Kelsall in /.R.A.S., S.B.y vol. xxiii. p. 69. For details, v. Perak
Mus. N., iii. p. 74. 4 For Blandas songs and charms, ^.App.Mus. N., iii. p. 74. 4 For Blandas songs and charms, ^.App.