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Lali (drum)

A Lali'' is an idiophonic Fijian drum of the wooden slit-gong type similar to the New Zealand Māori Pahu; commonly found throughout Polynesia. It was an important part of traditional Fijian culture, used as a form of communication to announce births, deaths and wars. A smaller form of the Lali drum (Lali ni meke'') is used in music. Lali drums are now used to call the people of an area together, such as church services; the Lali is also used to entertain guests at many hotel resorts. The Lali drum is made out of wood and played with hands but, is most commonly played with sticks (i uaua) which are made out of softer wood so as not to damage the Lali. Historically, a larger and smaller stick were used together when playing the Lali.

Lali drums were traditionally made from resonant timbers such as Ta vola (Terminalia catappa'') and Dilo (Calophyllum inophyllum'')or in the case of sacred drums for spirit houses, Vesi (Instia bujuga). Portable war drums (Lali ni Valou) had two or three resonating chambers and sent complicated signals over the battlefield.

Frequently Lali occurred in pairs, one smaller than the other, and were played together, in counterpoint. This rarely occurs in contemporary usage. Sometimes special structures known as Bure ni Lali (lit. house for Lali) are constructed to keep the rain from filling the Lali and wetting the drummers.

of Lali drums.JPG|Lali drums at the Westin Hotel Resort and Spa, Denarau, Nadi. drum.JPG|Lali outside a shop in Vatukarasa village, Coral Coast, Fiji. drum in Suva Museum.JPG|Lali drum in Fiji Museum, Suva. Formerly used by Wesleyan Methodist Church in Suva.

[ Man playing Lali (historical photograph)]

[ Man playing Lali-ni-Meke dance drum (historical photograph)]


Lali may refer to:

  • Lali (drum), a type of drum used in Fiji
  • Lali, Humla. a village and municipality in Humla District in the Karnali Zone of northwestern Nepal
  • Lali, Mahakali, a village development committee in Darchula District in the Mahakali Zone of western Nepal
  • Lali (tribe), a Jat clan found in Punjab, Pakistan
  • Lali, Iran, a city in Khuzestan Province, Iran
  • Lali-ye Yek, a village in Khuzestan Province, Iran
  • Lali County, is a county in Khuzestan Province in Iran
Lali (tribe)

The Lali, or sometimes written as Lalee, are a Jat clan, found mainly in Chiniot and Jhang districts. They are one of a number of Jat clans that have lived in the Kirana Bar for centuries, and were historically a pastoral tribe. The Lali have several sub-divisions, the most important being the Miana, Kahana, Wanoka, Lohry, Kawain and Bodhar. The tribe has produced a famous Sufi saint, Mian Muhammad Siddique Lali, who has given them a status of sanctity among the other Bar tribes. Their traditional seat of power was at the village of Kanweinwala, but this was reduced to a petty chieftainship with the arrival of the British. A secondary chieftainship also existed at the village of Jakoky, but was extinguished by the Sikhs. The Lali also founded the town of Lalian, literally the place of the Lali, where a good number are still found.

Outside Chiniot and Jhang districts, and they also have a few settlements such as Aasianwala, Chak No 60 S.B and Chak No 61 S.B in Sargodha District. Within Jhang/Chiniot, important villages include Lalian, Ismailkot, Jallaywala. Kanainwala, Jabana, Jagokay, Wallah, Mumtazabad, Miana Thein, Kahana Mauza Bahuddin, Thata Mian Laala, Wanoka, Dawar, Kot Bahadur, Thatta Mian Lala, Kahana Lali, Judhi Sultan and Mohsinabad.

Usage examples of "lali".

Hearts were touched with fingertips as Lali rode by, and the brawny, bearded Blade was the object of curious stares.

He ignored the others and rode to where Lali stood biting her lips and, Blade hoped, already wavering.

Their passion flamed until they could stand the tension no longer, and Lali moaned for release.

In the great tower, surrounded by her officers, Lali watched from a royal chair.

In his belt was the same dagger he had taken from Lali that first night.

Lali would be distressed, but Lali would have to let him die on the plain.

Sadda for whom Lali, whose hatred was as pure as black crystal, had prepared a cage.

The Caths were hard pressed, even behind their wall, and he could not expect that Lali could influence her chiefs to waste men.

To his own surprise he did not think much about Lali, except to wonder if she had taken a new man into her bed.

All he knew was that Lali had agreed to safe conduct for the messenger and had provided him with an escort.

Off to one side was a thick floor mat, not unlike the bed he had shared with Lali except that this one was square instead of circular.

The one exception had been the first time with Lali in the Temple of Death.

A darker jade than those of Lali, but as pure, with all the depth and none of the translucence.

His tutelar relations with Lali had reopened many an old spring of sensation and experience.

While Richard loitered on the steps with the child and its nurse, more excited than he knew, Lali came out and stood beside him.