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

Various Artists
Music of Indonesia, Vol. 19: Music of Maluku: Halmahera, Buru, Kei

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.

The published liner notes, along with corrections and supplementary materials, are available here.

Track Listing

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Mares Grup Oma Moy 4:56
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102
Lagu Togal Grup Oma Moy 7:47
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103
Kalabae Engafuka Ensemble 4:20
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104
Tuang Kolatu Nurut Wamese, Mukasayang Nustelu 4:46
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105
Tigertama Res Wamese 2:21
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106
Perusi Tajang Res Wamese 3:03
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107
Ranafafan Gong Ensemble 3:01
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108
Marin Uib Chorus of Children 1:13
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109
Wannar Grup Darussalam 3:55
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110
Tiwal Sawat Tiwal Ensemble 2:53
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111
Snehet Titus Rahaoban 4:01
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112
Ngel-ngel Paulus Rahaoban, Titus Rahaoban 2:35
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113
Ngel-ngel Female Soloist and Chorus 3:30
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114
Baiut Ntya Nit Poli Domakubun 1:06
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115
Sosoi Female Duo and Chorus 3:36
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116
Tari Busur Panah Michael Erubun, Otnen Domakubun 2:09
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117
Dzikir Samman: Allahu Allah Dabus Officiants and Musicians 7:15
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118
Qasidah Rifai: Baghdadi Dabus Officiants and Musicians 4:45
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Kata Syeh: Baqada Imuhai Dabus Officiants and Musicians 7:01
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