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Bali: Balinese Music of Lombok

Various Artists
Bali: Balinese Music of Lombok

Easily overlooked for its tourist-destination neighbor, the Indonesian island of Lombok lies about twenty miles east of Bali. Hindu Balinese make up a very small minority population in Lombok, with cultural expressions that have greatly diverged from those in Bali. The music preserves some elements of ancient Balinese traditions and religion but also incorporates influences from the Lombok Islamic majority.

This album focuses on the religious and ceremonial context of the songs, illustrated through use of the gamelan, an ensemble with bronze percussion, flute, and hand drums. Some selections include voice, combining languages of Java, Bali, and the Sasak majority ethnic group in Lombok and solo performances, such as the preret double-reed oboe. The liner notes provide a brief introduction to the music and commentary about each selection on the recording.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Wau Rauh”

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Tabuh Empat (Four Strokes) Sekaha Gong Budisatu 16:56
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Wau Rauh (Just Arrived) Sekaha Angklung Murni 3:05
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Adine Wau Rauh (Sibling Just Arrived) Sekaha Angklung Murni 2:20
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Rangsang (Exciting) n/a 3:45
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Telaga Dundan (Early Pond) n/a 8:55
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Perong Barong (Leaning Lord of the Forest) Sekaha Mudita Sahanti 13:16
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Guak Maling Taloh (Crow Steals Egg) Sekaha Pegasangsangan Tanah Haji 3:40
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Turun Daun (Slowly Descend) I Kadek Sarwa 2:33
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Pemungkah (Opening) Sekaha Cakepung Tri Adnyana Atemahan Tunggal 6:22