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Music of Indonesia, Vol. 4: Music of Nias and North Sumatra: Hoho, Gendang Karo, Gondang Toba

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Music of Indonesia, Vol. 4: Music of Nias and North Sumatra: Hoho, Gendang Karo, Gondang Toba

The Toba and Karo from North Sumatra developed complex instrumental traditions. The Toba, one of the few societies to use tuned drums to carry a melody, combine them with gongs and oboe-like instruments, creating dynamic melodies and rhythms. The Karo ensemble features expert drumming full of snaps and pops. The Ono Niha people from the island of Nias perform ornate choral songs called hoho, which use only four tones and embody their oral tradition. Unknown outside of Indonesia, these 1990 digital recordings include extensive notes. 72 minutes. "Its variety—in sound, feel, and purpose—is astonishing and inspiring." — Rhythm Music

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

Track Listing

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Simalungen Rayat Gendang Lima Sedalanen 6:32
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Gula Tualah Gendang Lima Sedalanen 7:57
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Hoho Sisambua'a Matona Three choruses led by Rawatan Dachi 3:07
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Hoho Si Tölu Fanema Three choruses led by Rawatan Dachi 5:48
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Hoho Ninawuagö Three choruses led by Rawatan Dachi 2:56
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Hoho Si Tölu Nawua - Hoho Maluaya Si'öligö Chorus led by Saraini Bu'ulölö 7:52
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107
Gondang Haro-Haro Gondang Sabangunan 4:57
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Gondang Parsahadatan Tu Saluhut Sahala Habonaran Gondang Sabangunan 3:33
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Gondang Malim Gondang Sabangunan 5:46
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Gondang Si Monang-monang Gondang Sabangunan 3:54
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Gondang Panogu-nogu Horbo Tu Lahatan Gondang Sabangunan 3:14
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Gondand Arang-arang Dairi Gondang Hasapi 2:54
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Gondang Si Bunga Jambu Gondang Hasapi 4:38
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Gondang Parumbak-umbak Ni Alogo Bolon Gondang Hasapi 3:06
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Pinasa Si Dung-dungon Gondang Hasapi 1:57
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Si Tapi Tola Gondang Hasapi 4:50
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