I didn’t do Indonesian Banget last month because of many things, one of them was being extremely busy. This month, I wanted to share about one of Indonesian Music, as Project Pop (Indonesian Comic Band) said “Dangdut is The Music of My Country”
Dangdut is one of Indonesian music genres. I wouldn’t call it as traditional music. It’s more like a modern music, a bit like country music to USA. It’s a mix of classic Indian (Hindustan), Melayu and Arabian music. Dangdut has changed A LOT from its origin.
Dangdut was rooted from Qasidah and Gambus, both are Islamic music. Then Melayu music came in and mixed with Qasidah and Gambus. In 50s, Bollywood music made another change into the sound of Dangdut. Nowadays, house music also influenced Dangdut.
The word Dangdut originated from onomatope of Tabla’s sound (see the image). In Tempo (a magazine in Indonesia), Putu Wijaya stated that a song called Boneka Dari India (a doll from India) was a mix of Melayu, Arabian and the sound of dang-ding-dut from India. The name later was shorten into Dangdut.
Here’s Boneka Dari India sang by Ellya Khadam.
I honestly don’t know much about Dangdut, what I have written above is translated from Wikipedia.
I never listen to Dangdut because it’s just not my kind of music, BUT since it is what I like to call as mass music because many Indonesian listen to this song, whether I like it or not I can’t escape from hearing it and realizing how it changes so much over the years.
When I was little, Dangdut is still something I considered as enjoyable music. It’s still had melody and some even have Islamic message, especially the songs by Rhoma Irama. Pop Music has Michael Jackson as the king, and Dangdut has Rhoma Irama as the king 😉
Dangdut before year 2000 was a music that has good message and nice tune and even though people were dancing to the songs, they were still in good eastern norm. The dancing in dangdut is often called joget.
This is a video of a song called Bergadang (Sleeping very late) by Rhoma Irama. This song is very famous and timeless.
Unfortunately, nowadays Dandut is what I considered as EROTIC Music. The singers, mostly women, are trying hard to look as sexy as possible and dance in the most erotic move as possible.
Although I don’t listen to Dangdut but I have respect toward the music…BACK THEN. Now, I sort despise the music because it’s no longer become a good music, it’s just a way to show how low women can be.
It’s a shame that when Lady Gaga planned to have a concert here, many Indonesian (so call Islamic organizations) protested because of the way she dress. When I saw the news, I was like “Hello?? what do you call those new Dangduters?? Do they dress properly?” I am a Muslim by heart and mind, but I often don’t understand what those organizations think.
Anyway I think I drift to far here…everything I have said above (except for the wikipedia translation) is entirely my opinion. Other Indonesian might think differently…but I stand for what I have said, I respect the old Dangdut and no respect at all to the new ones.
See you next month, I will share another Indonesian folklore 🙂