As well as having a very unique language, the Basque people also have a few very unique instruments that make up their more traditional music and even play a role in more modern music. One of those instruments is the txistu. The txistu is a wood flute with three holes, two in the front of the flute and one in the back, and is typically played in the left hand while playing the danbolina in the right. The danbolina is a small drum that is held by the left elbow and played with the right hand. Click here to hear the txistu and danbolina.
Another traditional instrument is the alboka. The alboka is a double-tubed cane pipe with a reed on an end of each tube. A cow horn on both ends encloses the reeds. This instrument can be challenging to play since it requires circular breathing to create a continuous sound. In this case, it is somewhat similar to the bagpipes. Click here to hear the alboka.
Another traditional instrument is the dultzaina. The dultzaina is a double-reed wind instrument often made of metal but originally made of wood. The instrument has seven holes with six in the front and one in the back. It is most common to find two dultzaina players accompanied by a drum. Click here to hear the dultzaina.