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Origins and development of bamboo music
The first bamboo bands emerged in the Philippines during the Revolution in 1896. They were revolutionaries who made their own instruments and played patriotic musical pieces while fighting for independence from Spain. Today their descendents keep "musikong bumbong" or "bamboo music" alive making piccolos, tubas, clarinets, flutes and saxophones out of bamboo. The music plays an important part of festival and dance within the culture. The tradition continues to develop and one group of Filipino students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines have developed a style bamboo music with a more contemporary feel, with their "Banda Kawayan"or "Bamboo Band". This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 16 June 2008. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
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