Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here's some really nice music from the TORAYA region in SULAWESI. I don't know if that's the way they recorded music over there or if it's the quality of this cassette but the sound is sometimes pretty weird but there are beautiful, beautiful songs on this one....
Not much info on this cassette, it's from the CENDERAMSIH UNNIVERITY in JAYAPURA in WEST-PAPUA, lot's of guitar and ukelele's and singing, I think some of you will really like this one. It's a pretty bad cassette quality wise, only one channel is pretty loud and I will put side B up later ok!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Here's a nice cassette from KANG IBING AKA KANG MAMAN with the beautiful voice of ICEU K. EFFENDI from 1978...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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. (Taken from a review by Banning Eyre, All Music Guide)
01 SONETA GROUP (RHOMA IRAMA) - AOR'AN DAN KORAN
02 SONETA GROUP (RHOMA IRAMA) - BEGADANG II
03 SONETA GROUP (ELVY SUKAESIH) - SENGAJA
04 SONETA GROUP (RHOMA IRAMA) - SAHABAT
05 ORKES MALAYU RADESA
06 GAMBANG KROMONG SLENDANG - HIDUP DI BUI
07 GRUP TANJIDOR KEMBANG ROS - CURAHAN HATI
08 ORKES KRONCONG MUTIARA - KRONCONG SEGENGGAM HARAPAN
09 ORKES KRONCONG BINTANG NUSANTARA - PUTRI GUNUNG
10 ORKES KRONCONG MUTIARA - KRONCONG SAPU LIDI
11 ORKES KRONCONG MUTIARA - LANGGAM SULING BAMBU
12 ORKES KRONCONG MUTIARA - KRONCONG MORISKO
13 ORKES KRONCONG MUTIARA - KRONCONG KEMAYORAN
14 ORKES KRONCONG MUTIARA - LANGGAM SCHOON VERVAN JOU
15 ORKES KRONCONG BINATANG NUSANTARA - WUYUNG
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Here's some very, very beautiful SUNDANESE music by well known singers NENENG S and HENDARSO. The KECAPI playing on this album is just absolutely superb!!! I love those MANUSIA and EKSENTRIK tracks!!!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Here's another album from UPIT SARIMANAH in a totally different style from the album that I put on this blog last week. Nice traditional SUNDANESE GAMELAN music!!!
Here's a stunningly beautiful KERONCONG album with songs from the time when INDONESIA was fighting for it's independence from DUTCH colonial rule missing one song because of damage.... This record was recorded in INDONESIA and manufactured in JAPAN in 1965