Okay, interesting topic now because South Africa is a country I've never thought of having amazing traditional instruments. Being African it has drums, the type held between the legs and hit with the hands
During Apartheid years the pennywhistle (tin whistle I guess) became very popular with black people because it was very cheap to buy and I guess because it had a unique sound, sort of jazzy and that Jazz sound was popular in the 1960s. Here's a music video of a somewhat popular South African band who used it a lot (kinda like how Korpiklaani uses accordian a lot ;)) www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4HJfcecgos
As I am not a big fan of traditional austrian folk music I never thought much about our traditional instruments too.
The first ones that cross my mind are violin or viola, accordion, hammered dulcimer and zither. Beside the piano accordion there are also two special kinds of button accordions, Schrammelharmonika (used in Viennese folk music together with violin, clarinet and a double-necked contraguitar) and Steirische Harmonika.
Well, this is not from Europe, but we have some interesting stuff here too... I think the local instrument I like most is the "Sikus". Mainly it`s a kind of flute made by little wooden pipes tied to each other... here you can see some being played... www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xHlM3voyeU and here a traditional song wonderfully played on Sikus, Quena, Charango, Bombo and many other instruments... i strongly recomend this one www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxVMNQo4HAM&feature=related , not just you can know the instruments, it`s also a demostration of the best local music. Hope you like it!
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Wow these posts about Turkish folk instruments made me happy! Yes, kaval is Turkish, I don't think it's common with Persians because there are different kinds of kaval in Middle-Asian Turkish music. So it can't be a Trachian based instrument. And saz, yes it's a Turkish instrument, too. The ancestors of saz are komuz and domra. And about Altai-Kai, I'm really surprised when I saw them on this place Instruments they're playing are komuz, domra and temir komuz. But I can't name the wind instruments but they are the ancestors of kaval of course :D. Komuz and domra are that string instruments that you hear in Altai-Kai songs. You can find domra (sometimes dombıra or dombra) in YouTube. Temir komuz is the instrument that gives boing boing sounds. It's a strange string instrument played by mouth and fingers. You can sometimes hear it in Arkona songs like Tuman Yarom. Also here in Anatolia we have much instruments; bağlama, ud, kanun (Turkish - Persian and looks like kantele!), kaval, sipsi, darbuka, zurna, davul, kemençe and many more. Sorry for that I couldn't give any links because I'm on a mobile device Hope you like it
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Interesting information you put up here. Also, I would like to add that the folk metallers in generak have a vast interest in all cultures, so no wonder there's talks around here about the intruments in your native area. It's a bit off topic, but it is what makes special this category of listeners (i.e. folk metal): one learns a lot more on other cultures and enhances his/her horizon and get to know such rich music coming from all over the world. Personally I love dombra !!!
Oh, and welcome to the forum, hope to see more interesting posts from you.
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Tipical basque folk music at streets (many weekends you can see them walking and playing from a barroom to another one haha it's tipical: playing and beers XD (or patxaran, a berry made liquor) www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EwgR8xVdSc