BBLRtransparent 2

Click here for menu


Central Kalimantan

Highly Endangered

“The Kanjapi, which is common among the Ot Danom on the Central Kapuas region has some similarity to the violin.

It is a low-toned instrument, roughly carved from a piece of very light wood, open at the bottom and strung with two finely scraped strings split rattan. The strings, like the guitar, are plucked with the thumb or struck with a light wooden stick. Hardeland calls the instrument “Kasapi” or Kutjapi and describes it as a “harp with three to four sides”.


* Translated from German

Grabowsky, f. Musikinstrumente der Dajaken Sudost Borneos, 1905


All information on the Borneo Boat Lute Revival website is based on research findings conducted by the team and/or sharings of knowledge by its community contributors. It is subject to changes and updates at any time. To discuss any information or use of material from this site, please reach us at

Get In Touch

A great deal of thought and deliberation went into every piece of information in the archive before it was finally accepted for inclusion. We’d love to hear from you if you’d want to keep the conversation going! Inquiries, comments and recommendations are always welcome.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to stay up-to-date on our revivalist movement, artists, and other upcoming activities!