Musical Journeys in Sumatra

Posted on 29.07.2020 - 00:45 by Music Archive of Monash University
This collection contains the audio and audio-visual files (and one image file) referenced in the book Musical Journeys in Sumatra by Margaret Kartomi, University of Illinois Press, 2012.

In Musical Journeys in Sumatra, Margaret Kartomi provides a fascinating ethnographic record of vanishing musical genres, traditions, and practices that have become deeply compromised by the pressures of urbanization, rural poverty, and government policy. This deeply informed collection showcases the complex diversity of Sumatra's and Indonesian music and includes field observations from six different provinces: Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, West Sumatra, South Sumatra, and Bangka-Belitung. Featuring photographs and original drawings from Kartomi's field observations of instruments and performances, Musical Journeys in Sumatra provides a comprehensive musical introduction to this neglected, very large island, with its hundreds of ethno-lingual musical groups.

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Music Archive of Monash University (2020): Musical Journeys in Sumatra. Monash University. Collection.
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