Gambus Melayu and Its Therapeutics Purposes

  • Muhammad Asyraf Mohd Bakri Department of New Media Design and Technology, School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA
  • Kamal Sabran Department of New Media Design and Technology, School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA
Keywords: Instrument Music, Gambus, Music therapy, Islamic Civilization, Healing Purposes

Abstract

The advantage of musical instruments is that they may produce sound not just for pleasure but also as a therapeutic tool. One of a major musical instrument that is often used among the Arabs namely oud. The application of this musical instruments is reinforced by the establishment of Othmaniah’s hospitals that also use in music therapy in the time of Islamic civilisation. Oud already evolved in Malay Archipelago in the 15th century in recognised as gambus and become part of key traditional musical instrument of local popular music. This study aims to identify the use of gambus and its applicability for therapeutic purposes. This research objective is to explore the philosophical theory of Islamic music therapy and to determine the support or contradiction of the use of gambus as a tool in therapy. The research method employed qualitative descriptive method; where data is obtained technically through library techniques, then the data is analysed based on the formulated problem, following by explaining the findings from the analysis in the form of a written report. The data of this study uses books, theses, and journals related to the research. The results demonstrate that there is positive influence of oud or gambus in Malaysia from Islamic philosophy through emotional and spiritual healing. However, there are conflicts from Islamic teachings that do not support the traditional use of gambus. In conclusion, the study of gambus as therapeutic tools needs to be obtained systematically for future research.

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Published
2021-12-24
How to Cite
Mohd Bakri, M. A., & Sabran, K. (2021). Gambus Melayu and Its Therapeutics Purposes. KUPAS SENI, 9(2), 77-98. https://doi.org/10.37134/kupasseni.vol9.2.7.2021