Music Of Indonesia, Vol. 1: Songs Before Dawn: Gandrung Banyuwangi

Gandrung ensemble from Banyuwangi

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Format: CD

Cat No: SFW40055

Release Date:  27 June 1991

Label:  Smithsonian Folkways

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  093074005521

Genres:  World Music  

  • Description

    In the Banyuwangi region, located in the eastern end of Java, a vibrant and earthy musical genre called gandrung is performed. Never before issued on any recordings in the West, this tradition begins sometime around 9 p.m. and ends just before dawn. An unmarried female singer performs a beautiful suite of songs backed by a small ensemble of musicians who play violins, drums, and metal percussion. The male guests at this dance party pay money for the privilege of dancing with this mesmerizing songstress. The suite is recorded here in a full performance by one of the music's finest living singers, Gadrung Temu. "...[S]low-boil gamelan grooves...ticktocking drum and gong rhythms stretch and recoil..." —The Village Voice

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Delimoan
      • 2. Candra Dewi
      • 3. Seblang Lokento
      • 4. Padha Nonton
      • 5. Jaran Dhawuk
      • 6. Laya Kumendhung
      • 7. Sekar Jenang
      • 8. Erang-erang Subuh
      • 9. Sawung Galing
      • 10. Opak Apem
      • 11. Giro