Music Of Indonesia, Vol. 19: Music Of Maluku: Halmahera, Buru, Kei

Various Artists

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Format: CD

Cat No: SFW40446

Release Date:  19 October 1999

Label:  Smithsonian Folkways

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  093074044629

Genres:  World Music  World Music  

  • Description

    Musically, the vast province of Maluku ("the Moluccas") is one of the least known regions of Indonesia. Here we present music from three islands: Halmahera in the north, Buru in the center, and Kei Besar in the south. From Halmahera comes togal, entertainment music played on stringed instruments plus flute, drums, and a singer. From Buru we offer a varied selection: men's songs with drumming, an excerpt from a night-long sung narrative, jew's harp pieces, and a gong ensemble. Aside from two ensembles of flute and percussion, our recordings from Kei Besar are mainly vocal; solos, a duo, and choruses offering advice, recounting history, and asserting territorial boundaries (an important use for songs in Maluku); there is also a rowing song sung by children. Finally we return to Halmahera and present selections from a dabus performance accompanied by singing and frame drums. In dabus, a Muslim ritual derived from Sufi practice, men stab themselves vigorously with iron awls, but the spiritual power of the ritual leader protects them from serious injury. 74 minutes. 32-page booklet with map.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Mares
      • 2. Lagu Togal
      • 3. Kalabae
      • 4. Tuang Kolatu
      • 5. Tigertama
      • 6. Perusi tajang
      • 7. Ranafafan
      • 8. Marin Uib
      • 9. Wannar
      • 10. Tiwal Sawat
      • 11. Snehet
      • 12. Ngel-Ngel
      • 13. Ngel-Ngel
      • 14. Bait Ntya Nit
      • 15. Sosoi
      • 16. Tari Busur Panah
      • 17. Dzikir Samman: Allahu Allah
      • 18. Qasidah Rifai: Baghdadi
      • 19. Kata Syeh: Baqada Imuhai