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Music of Indonesia, Vol. 13

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Album: Music of Indonesia, Vol. 13: Kalimantan Strings
# Song Title   Time
1)    Paron - Kayan Mendalam (excerpt)
2)    Three Dance Tunes - Kayan Mendalam
3)    Lupaak Avun - Kayan Mendalam (excerpt)
4)    Tingang Kuai - Ot Danum (excerpt)
5)    Tumbang Gaya - Ot Danum
6)    Karungut Saritan Nampui Kambang - Rabap/2 Kacapi/Male Vocal (excerpt)
7)    Cak-Cakun - Rabap/2 Kacapi/Suling
8)    Jauh Di Mata - Gambus/2 Ketipung (excerpt)
9)    Ayun Anak - Gambus/2 Ketipung (excerpt)
10)    Pahampangan - Gambus/2 Ketipung/Male Vocal (excerpt)
11)    Sampeq Penihing - Sampeq Duet
12)    Samqiq Urau - Sampeq Duet
13)    Sampeq Lepoq - Sampeq Duet
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Performer Notes
  • A survey of music played on string instruments from musicians from five areas play music for parties, weddings, celebrations, and other secular events. Folk songs and contemporary tunes with and without singing are played on traditional and modern regional instruments; plucked lutes, bowed lute and flute. Three delicate duets conclude the recording.
  • Recorded in Kalimantan in 1995. Includes liner notes by Philip Yampolsky.
  • Personnel: Abdurrahim, Harran Ajaang (vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Philip Yampolsky.
  • Recording information: 09/14/1995-11/07/1995.
  • Photographer: Asep Nata.
  • Volume 13 of the Folkways collection Music of Indonesia, Kalimantan Strings is an exposition of the stringed instruments of the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. The album covers six ethnic groups: the Kayan Mendalam from West Kalimantan, the Ot Danum from West Kalimantan, the Ngaju (who believe they are descendants of the Ot Danum) from Central Kalimantan, and the Kutai, the Kenyah Lepoq Tau, and the Kenyah Umaq Jalan, all from East Kalimantan. The stringed instruments vary from sapes, which are vaguely boat-shaped lutes, to the fiddle rabap. As a special treat, Syaer Sua is present on this album, the best active karungut singer. Further on, Sawiyah plays her gambus (plucked lute) with amazing skill, and the Eastern sampeq is played with virtuosity by various musicians in duets. These sampeq duets are actually somewhat contradictory to themselves, as they are dance tunes that aren't used for dancing (too long for dancers, they get tired). Overall, the music is rather exceptional, in that Folkways generally keeps it authentic, and it is enjoyable musically as well. If a listener has an interest in Indonesian music (other than gamelan), they should find this recording quite pleasant. ~ Adam Greenberg
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