In the Rubato singing part of Hami Muqam, Ejek is the only accompanying instrument. Although drums and Rewap join in later on in the singing and dancing section, the Ejek still plays the lead role, indicating all changes in pace and rhythm, just like a commander.
In the 1950s, musicians from the Hami Cultural Works Troup made innovations in the instrument, making a new type of Hami Ejek that had two bars, but drone strings were kept unchanged. Above its semi-spherical wood tube, there were main and auxiliary fiddles. This reform magnified the sound of the Ejek, made it even brighter and full of local flavor. Quite similar to the Chinese tenor Erhu, the timbre of Ejek is beautiful, gentle and thick. Sometimes it can make a creaking sound, like the opening and closing of a door or the rotation of a wheel axle. Complex in structure, its neck and buttons are normally made with Indus, walnut or poplar woods, making it strong and difficult to deform.
As a main instrument in Hami Muqam and folk songs, Ejek has enjoyed a reputation as the “Queen of Instruments”. In 2007, the Ejek Art of Hami Uyghurs was listed in the first group of intangible cultural heritage of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
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