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Get to know the folk songs of West Java, musical instruments and their arts


Regional arts are the culture of the nation and therefore must be preserved, includingWestern Javanese folk songsand various other arts. Each region has its own unique songs, music and arts. The characteristics of the lyrics of songs and music sometimes have similarities, but they will differ from each other.

Generally, songs and music typical of the region are a description of the history, natural landscape, culture, food and customs of the region. There is always the meaning of every song, music and art of a region of the country that provides teaching to the younger generation.

In the archipelago it is very easy to find folk songs because every region has them. Not only songs, but folk dances, musical instruments, as well as art performances that unite songs, musical instrument games and dances. Unfortunately, its existence has now been eroded by modernization.

Many folk songs have already been forgotten, defeated by modern art. Songs from West Java are increasingly being relegated to the margins to replace contemporary music. Local music and art are indeed considered ancient and unpleasant by the current generation. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the awareness of young people to love the arts of their region.

This time we have information about musical instruments, songs and regional arts, so you can get to know a little of the richness of our native art. By getting to knowthe arts areas, maybe you can cultivate a love for music products from your country.

Folk Songs from West Java

As a simple people that holds the future of the nation, you not only need to study science and technology. Both of these things are essential for building the future of the nation and for the welfare of the people. However, it is not inferior to the importance of appreciating and preserving the culture of the nation.

There are many ways in which this can be done to preserve the culture of the nation. Although you do not directly master different arts and struggle in this area, you can still preserve local arts by getting to know and know them.  Some of the songs originating in West Java are:

  1. Manuk Dudley

This song is one of the songs that is still very well known. In words, he describes the image of the garuda bird (Manuk Dadali), which is the symbol of the country today, as a charismatic and glamorous bird capable of flying high in the vast sky. This illustrates the glory of Indonesia.


  1. Ice wax

Ice candles are a typical dish of Bandung. However, the lyrics of this song describe the heart of a girl in which when facing a man should always be careful, especially when choosing a life partner.


  1. Boi Moon

The lyrics of the song also describe the heart of a girl, but in a state of heartbreak because she was abandoned by her lover and one day you will find someone with a look in the eyes similar to her lover.


  1. Ching Keng Kling

In the lyrics of this song you will find a description of a human heart that is easily shaken and becomes like a wave in the ocean.


  1. Tukhang

Each song always has a meaning, one of which is Tukhang which describes a person of greedy, greedy, greedy, and unwilling to share with others.

Traditional West Java musical instruments

Various musical instruments from Bandung City province also deserve attention to be preserved and maintain their existence. Some musical instruments may have similarities with other regions, this is natural considering nearby VilhaiaHand similar cultures. Here is an example of traditional Western Javanese music:

  1. Karinding

There are 2 types of karinding, namely for men and women. For men, bamboo will be used as a basic material, and palm tree parodies will be used for currying for women. The player mustextendhis hand and hit one side of it to make a sound and blow it up at the same time.


  1. Kalong

Kalong is capable of producing melodic sounds and is often played in art performances. How to play it with a racket. This musical instrument is made of bamboo, both for the body and for the rhythm.


  1. flute

This typical Sundhani flute is usually an accompaniment toWest Java songs. There are four to six holes to control the melody and produce a unique sound because it is made of bamboo.


  1. harp

There are two types of villains, namely Indong and Rinchik. Indung lyre (ordered) has strings of 18-20 and large sizes. This instrument became the leader of the Detailk harp who played as a filler for a break between the notes of the Indo harp.


  1. Salamphong

This instrument relies on the sound from the bamboo sticks to produce a sound that is pleasing to the ear. In the regions of Celempung it is played at night during cultural performances.

West Java Traditional Arts

In additionto songs originating in West Java, there are also various other arts such as dancing and art performances. One of them is a mask dance made according to a folk tale about Sunan Gunong Jati, the ruler of the city of Sirbon, when he faced the attack of Prince Volang.

There is also a peacock fsundan dance which as the name suggests is inspired by peacocks. This dance will be accompanied by a gamelan and will include a number of dancers with graceful movements and a thump. Peacock dancers always use the crownwhen I amragakanya, Karensymbolizes the peacock symbol.

Have you ever heard of Rangkong art? This local Xeniais a performance inspired by the practices of the Sundan people in planting rice for picking. He made his debut in 1964 at the Siengor Regency. Until now, it is still often played in cultural parks and other places of art performances.

There is also the horse-block art which is very often held in the Java area and various other parts of Indonesia. Swaying horse shows are often played and watched by the public. This art has a mystical flavor, because the dancer is a property owner who rides a wooden horse and then dances accompanied by drum beats.

Cultural concert halls in West Java

If you want to listen to the singing of different songs from West Java, you can visit the places wherecultural performances take place. There are several places that are often used as a place to perform folk songs and various other arts. These places serve as a place for the residents of West Java to express their artistic expertise while preserving the preservation of art.

One of the places you can visit is taman Budaya which is located in Bukit Dougie Slatan. Local people and tourists can come and watch the art performances of the West Javab region, from singing local songs, playing musical instruments to art performances.

Every week there is always a special agenda for art performances that all circles can enjoy, even foreign tourists also come to see firsthand how beautiful the culture of the country is. In addition to the local culture of West Java, a variety of other Indonesian regional arts are also on display.

Guests can also visit the artistic context of Daya Sunda at Taman Sari Bandung Zoo. This place usually features a variety of regional dances, martial arts shows, gamelan and other shows. There are at least 20 artists performing each week.


As a child of the nation that will determine Indonesia’s future, you need to love the national culture, both from your region and from other regions. By getting to know different regional arts, musical instruments and West Java songs you can cultivate a love for the art and culture of the nation.

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