421.221.2 Partly-stopped flutes with internal duct

Malichu pinkillu

This malichu was collected in 1987 by Henry Stobart during a research visit to the Potosi region of Southern Bolivia. The malichu is played with the saripalka (M24a-1987 is an example of this instrument), both of which are duct flutes of similar design. The malichu is half the length of the saripalka and plays an octave higher, always playing the same line in parallel octaves. The saripalka and malichu are only played during the rainy season, between Christmas and carnival, and the instruments themselves must be wetted before use in order to function at their best.

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