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Here, Steev Kindwald was inspired by the variety of plucked jaw harps that are played by the indigenous Dani people on Papua in courtship and are mostly made from highland bamboo or palm fibre. The Dani have become famous for wearing penis quivers (kotega) and for their warlike head-hunting lifestyle. Their jaw harps, called Pikkon, have been made of metal for some time, as the Dani find the sound more beautiful than that of bamboo Susaps.
From the Dani Steev took the narrow shield shape and the engraved design and made the Susap Baliem from flexible brass.
As with the traditional Susaps, the player can tell whole stories about myths or love through rhythm and the many different sound variations. The sound of this instrument is clear and rich in overtones.
The brass Susaps are plucked away from the head like Indonesian Genggong jaw harps. This makes them somewhat easier to play than the bamboo or palm stem Susaps, which have to be plucked towards the nose.
The Susap Baliem Brass is delivered in an artfully decorated bamboo case.
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