Sybyzgy

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Sybyzgy (at the top) on a Soviet Union stamp.

The sybyzgy (сыбызғы) is a Kazakh and Kyrgyz sideblown flute traditionally played by shepherds and horse herders, made from apricot wood or the wood of mountain bushes. The sybyzgy has its own repertory of solo pieces, known as kuu, which are distinguished by their lyrical content. It is a type of choor. The sybyzgy is ab\n important instrument to the Kyrgyz and Kazakh people.