Gendang Rayah: Tradition & Religion

As the time changes and the Iban people of Borneo grow into the modern world, will the Gendang Rayah music stay and be a beacon of Iban identity or be lost as ideas and agendas change.

Gendang Rayah is a ritualistic music by the Ibans to summon the spirits and gods as per the Iban belief. However as more and more Ibans are now Christians, Gendang Rayah becomes more and more rare entangled by the Miring ceremony that is a huge part of Gendang Rayah music. We interview experts in Iban customs, music and a priest to discuss the preservation of Gendang Rayah music.