Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's by Andrew N. Weintraub

By Andrew N. Weintraub

A willing critic of tradition in smooth Indonesia, Andrew N. Weintraub indicates how a style of Indonesian tune known as dangdut developed from a denigrated type of city well known tune to a fashionable position in Indonesian cultural politics and the economic song undefined. Dangdut--named onomatopoetically for the music's attribute drum sounds "dang" and "dut"--is Indonesia's preferred song, heard in streets and houses, public parks and slender alleyways, shops and eating places, and all kinds of public transportation. regardless of dangdut's large acceptance in Indonesia and different components of Asia, it has seldom bought the intense severe realization it deserves.

Dangdut Stories is a social and musical background of dangdut inside of a number of broader narratives approximately type, gender, ethnicity, and state in post-independence Indonesia (1945-present). Quoted fabric from interviews, certain research of tune and track texts, and ethnography of functionality remove darkness from the stylistic nature of the track and its centrality in public debates approximately Islam, social category family members, and the position of girls in postcolonial Indonesia.

Dangdut Stories is the 1st musicological research to ascertain the stylistic improvement of dangdut track itself, utilizing vocal sort, melody, rhythm, shape, and music texts to articulate symbolic struggles over that means. in the course of the booklet the voices and stories of musicians take middle level in shaping the book's narrative. Dangdut was once first built in the course of the early Nineteen Seventies, and an old remedy of the genre's musical sort, functionality perform, and social meanings is lengthy overdue.

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They also recorded soundtracks for films, including Sedetik Lagi (One More Second, dir. Djoko Lelono) (1957). Their repertoire featured many dialogue songs, similar to Melayu pantun, but not necessarily in the pantun form. Jakarta composers wrote songs inspired by Indian film music, including “Kudaku Lari” (My Horse has Run Away, c. 3 Rhythmic Structures in orkes Melayu, 1950–1960. 4 Orkes Melayu at a party in Jakarta, c. 1955 showing gendang kapsul (left), accordion, trumpet, and violin [courtesy of Zakaria].

Comm, 18 February 2007). As late as the 1950s, it was more likely that a singer from Medan, North Sumatra, would perform in Malaya, Riau, or Singapore than in Jakarta (Nur Ainun, pers. , 20 November 2006). 38 DANGDUT STORIES Radio was the most important medium for disseminating recordings of popular music during the 1930s. Lagu Melayu were recorded and broadcast on radio by three main ensemble types (orkes) of the 1930s: orkes harmonium, orkes gambus, and orkes Melayu. Musicians from these three ensemble types were instrumental in establishing the foundation for dangdut, whereas musicians from pop (Western popular), langgam (regional popular), kroncong (string band), or any of the regional Melayu ensembles tended not to become active in dangdut.

Yet, males dancing to dangdut can also create a social space for defining masculinity (Spiller 2001). Further, women dance for many reasons, as noted by dangdut singer Cucu Cahayati: Even goyang has to have some sort of parameters, so that people can identify one person’s distinctive type of goyang. You can’t just do it freely to capture the desires of your audience. 14 Males generally compose the lyrics and music, play the instruments, and produce the albums. In public performances, males are the main audience.

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