In All Languages playlist for 03/18/2012

DJs: 
Xinyu Guan
Artist Title Album Label Link
Karo (North Sumatra) Gendang Lima Sedalanen Music of Indonesia 4: Music of Nias & North Sumatra Smithsonian Folkways
Toba (North Sumatra) Gondang Sabangunan & Gondang Hasapi) Music of Indonesia 4: Music of Nias & North Sumatra Smithsonian Folkways
Sawir Sutan Mudo, Nurasni, Zaidir S.K., Yunilma, Amiruddin D.K., Mariana Saluang: Padang Magek, Ratok Koto Tuo, Ratok Solok, Muaro Labuah, Pariaman Lamo Music of Indonesia 6: Night Music of West Sumatra Smithsonian Folkways
Sidi Amir Hosen Rabab Pariaman: Degran, Bukik Kuduang Music of Indonesia 6: Night Music of West Sumatra Smithsonian Folkways
Melayu (Pulau Bintan, Medan), Orang Asli (Pulau Bengkalis) Ronggeng: Sri Mersing, Serampang Laut, Serampang Laut, Damak, Hitam Manis Music of Indonesia 11: Melayu Music of Sumatra and the Riau Islands Smithsonian Folkways
Melayu (Palembang, Pekanbaru, Pulau Bengkalis) Zapin: Cari Hiburan, Dayung Duabelas, Lancang Kuning (excerpt), Ahmadi Music of Indonesia 11: Melayu Music of Sumatra and the Riau Islands Smithsonian Folkways
Siberut (Mentawi) Ritual and dance music: Urai Music of Indonesia 7: Music from the Forests of Riau and Mentawai Smithsonian Folkways

Moving away from the population centre of Java, Bali and Madura, we explore the folk music of Sumatra, the Riau Islands, and the Mentawi Islands in the northwest of the country. We start with the people living in the interior uplands of Sumatra, the Toba and the Minangkabau, the latter of which being the largest matrilineal society in the world. The Toba are famed for their intricate Gondang percussion music, whereas the Minangkabau have a form of chamber music that features one or two singers with a single instrument. We move on to the Melayu people inhabiting the Riau islands and the coastal regions of Sumatra, whose language forms the basis of the standard languages of Malaysia and Indonesia - we played some dance music, followed by an Arab-influenced music used in Islamic community rituals such as circumcisions and marriages. We end with the Mentawi islanders off the coast on the other side of Sumatra.