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Batak Music: Tobak Batak Music Played by the Tihang Gultom Group

Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader
Batak Music: Tobak Batak Music Played by the Tihang Gultom Group

Sumatra, the second largest island of Indonesia, is home to many ethnic groups including the Batak. This album presents informal music from the Toba Batak group around Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Their folk music features interlocking polyrhythms of percussion instruments and melodies performed on flutes, kecapi (lute), and the double-reed sarune. Songs feature solo sections showcasing the individual instruments, which are introduced in the first track. Liner notes include some background on the music culture and a transcript of the brief song introductions.

Track Listing

101
Introduction with Examples of the Instruments Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 1:00
102
The Song of the Babysitter - Lullaby Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 6:18
103
The Eye Opener Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 4:35
104
Song of the Ugly One Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 3:17
201
Do Not Put Bané Bané Flowers in Your Hair Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 4:46
202
Don't Get Gossiped about (by People) Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 3:01
203
I Am Bone Tired Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader 2:52
204
O Aek Sarula A.W.K. Samosir, Edison Sirait, and Jamotang Situmorang 6:20

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