Meuseukat : AV Intro IV.3

2017-06-02T06:30:56Z (GMT) by Kartomi, Margaret J.
A/V Intro IV.3: Audiovisual Example 3 in Introduction to Part IV of book: Margaret Kartomi, ‘Musical Journeys in Sumatra’, Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. For female participants. A performance art version of the religious ratéb meuseukat ‘sitting song-dance’ that developed in the earliest centuries (perhaps from the 15th and 16th) of widespread Muslim conversion. In this clip, a group of artists dressed in colourful dance costumes kneel close together performing body percussion to accompany the singing of a female vocalist (not in view) at the PKA-IV Festival (Fourth Pekan Kesenian Aceh) in Banda Aceh. Percussion techniques include handclapping, upper chest tapping, thigh slapping and floor hitting. Names of performers unknown. Copyright 2004 Iwan Dzulvan Amir.