Music of Indonesia, Vol. 2: Indonesian Popular Music

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All Music Guide - Banning Eyre
This volume samples three varieties of Indonesian pop music, all emanating from the capital, Jakarta. Like so much pop music, all these forms originated with the lower classes. Kroncong harks back to the 19th century when singers would improvise boastful lyrics over melodies adapted from "Black Portuguese" songs. Ukulele was a key instrument in the sound from the start, later joined by other local lutes and by guitar. As the music began to appeal to a higher class of patron, it became slower and more polished. Today, it is performed rarely, but well appreciated by a small, loyal audience, particularly those who came of age during the revolution years, 1945-49. In the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Banning Eyre
This volume samples three varieties of Indonesian pop music, all emanating from the capital, Jakarta. Like so much pop music, all these forms originated with the lower classes. Kroncong harks back to the 19th century when singers would improvise boastful lyrics over melodies adapted from "Black Portuguese" songs. Ukulele was a key instrument in the sound from the start, later joined by other local lutes and by guitar. As the music began to appeal to a higher class of patron, it became slower and more polished. Today, it is performed rarely, but well appreciated by a small, loyal audience, particularly those who came of age during the revolution years, 1945-49. In the patriotic songs and love songs sampled here, there is an Old World stateliness reminiscent of the Cuban danzon. The scales are familiar, but the soundscapes and melodic phrasing are exotic. Langaam jawa, a beautiful offshoot of kroncong, has something of the serene, tuneful quality of Javanese gamelan music. On one selection here, melodies played on a gong row interweave with plucked strings to rich effect. Dangdut is the pop music of today's young Muslims, which means most Indonesian youth. Songs speak of daily life from an urban poor perspective, often with some inherent social protest. Middle Eastern pop music, such as that produced in Lebanon and Egypt, is clearly a model for this sound. Songs feature quirky production ideas, catchy melodies, lilting dance grooves, and a range of instrumentation that includes rock guitars and keyboards, horns, Hawaiian guitar, strings, and local instruments. The variety and playfulness in the seven dangdut tracks here help to make this one of the most accessible volumes in the series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1992
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074005620
  • Catalog Number: 40056
  • Sales rank: 248,409

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Qur'an Dan Koran (4:18)
  2. 2 Begadang II (3:39)
  3. 3 Sengaja (3:03)
  4. 4 Sahabat (3:44)
  5. 5 Terbelah Dua (5:58)
  6. 6 Hidup Di Bui (5:33)
  7. 7 Curahan Hati - Grup Tanjidor Kembang Ros. (3:52)
  8. 8 Kroncong Segenggam Harapan (5:44)
  9. 9 Putri Gunung (5:35)
  10. 10 Kroncong Sapu Lidi (3:12)
  11. 11 Langgam Suling Bambu (5:25)
  12. 12 Kroncong Morietsko (5:24)
  13. 13 Kroncong Kemayoran (2:34)
  14. 14 Langgam Schoon Ver Van Jou (5:38)
  15. 15 Wuyung (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asnan Guitar, Kempul, Goong Gedé
Cinang Trumpet
Ibun Tehyan
Kemah Kecrek
Kwi Ap Vocals, Track Performer, Gendang, Tehyan
Misna Tenor Saxophone
Sarna Clarinet
Siman Tuba
Suryana Trombone
Sophia Welly Vocals, Track Performer
Rhoma Irama Vocals, Track Performer
Elvy Sukaesih Vocals, Track Performer
Tuty H.P. Vocals, Track Performer
Emi Mandey Vocals, Track Performer
Suhaery Mufti Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
K. Mulyadi Flute
M. Nur Ukulele
Topik Sandy Banjo
Wi Sun Vocals
Zanian Trumpet
Technical Credits
David Glasser Mastering
Sarna Director
Rhoma Irama Director
Philip Yampolsky Engineer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Andjar Any Director
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