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Get to know West Javanese folk songs, musical instruments and their arts


Regional art is the culture of the country, so they must be preserved, including West Javanese folk songs and various other arts.  Each region has its own songs, music and distinctive arts. The characteristics of lyrics and music sometimes have similarities, but they will differ from each other.

Usually, songs and music typical of a 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 in the country that provides education 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 marginalized to replace contemporary music.  Local music and art are indeed considered old and unpleasant by the current generation. Therefore, it is necessary to raise the awareness of young people to love the art of their own region.

This time we have information about musical instruments, songs and regional art, so that you can get acquainted with the richness of the art of our homeland. By getting  to know  the artand regions, you may be able to cultivate a love for music products from your own country.

Folk songs from West Java

As a simple people who control the future of the nation, you don’t just have to learn science and technology. These two things are essential to building the future of the nation and the well-being of the people. However, it is not inferior to the importance of appreciating and maintaining the nation’s culture.

There are many ways it can be done to preserve the nation’s culture. Although you don’t directly master and struggle in this field, you can still preserve local art by getting to know and know them. Some of the songs from West Java are:

  1. Manuk Dadali

This song is one of the songs that is still very well known. In the text, it describes the figure of the garuda bird (Manuk Dadali), which today is the emblem of the country, as a charismatic and gallant bird capable of flying high in the vast sky. This illustrates the glory of Indonesia.


  1. IJswas

Ice candles are a typical food of Bandung. However, the lyrics of this song describe the heart of a girl where when faced with a man should always be careful, especially when choosing a life partner.


  1. Bubuy Earth

The lyrics of this song also describe a girl’s heart, but in a state of heartbreak because she has been abandoned by her lover and one day finds someone with a look in her eyes that looks like her lover.


  1. Cing Cang Keling

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


  1. Tokecang

Every song lyric always has a meaning, including Tokecang, which describes a human being with a greedy, greedy, greedy nature and unwilling to share with others.

Traditional musical instruments of West Java

Various musical instruments from the province bandoeng also deserve attention in order to maintain and preserve their existence. Some musical instruments may have similarities with other regions, this is of course given the adjacent wilayah and similar cultures.  Here’s an example of traditional West Javanese music:

  1. Karinding

There are 2 types of carintelligence, namely for men and women. For men, bamboo will be used as a basic material, palm tree leaves will be used for carinving for women. The playermustreach his hand and touch one side of him to make a sound and blow it at the same time.


  1. Calung

Calung is able to make melodic sounds and is often played in art performances. How to play it with a bat. This musical instrument is made of bamboo, both for the body and for the beater.


  1. Flute

This typical Sundanese flute is usually an accompaniment of West Javanese songs. There are four to six holes to master the melody and produce a distinctive sound because it is made of bamboo.


  1. Harp

There are two types of harps, namely Indung and Rincik. The lyre of the Indung (older) has strings of 18-20 and large sizes. This instrument became the leader for the Detailk (children’s) harp that was played as a filler for the pause between the notes of the Indung harp.


  1. Celempung

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

West Javanese traditional art

In addition to songs from West Java, there are also various other arts such as dancing and art performances. One of them is a mask dance made based on a folktale about Sunan Gunung Jati, the ruler of the city of Cirebon, when he was confronted with the attack of Prince Welang.

There is also a Pasundan peacock dance which, as the name implies, is inspired by peacocks. This dance is accompanied by gamelan and contains various dancers with graceful movements and a thump. Peacock dancers always use the crown when Imperagakannya, karen means the symbol of the peacock.

Ever heard of Rengkong’s art? This localkesenia n is a performance inspired by the procedures of the Sundanese people when planting rice for harvesting. It first appeared in 1964 in Cianjur Regency. Until now, it is still often played in cultural parks and other stages for art performances.

There is also the art of horse riveting which is very often held in the Java region and various other parts of Indonesia. Clumping horse performances are usually played and watched by the audience. This art has a mystical taste, because the dancer is a possessed one who rides a wooden horse and then dances accompanied by drumbeats.

Locations for cultural performances in West Java

If you want to listen to the singing of various songs from West Java , you can visit the places wherecultural performances are held. There are several places that are often used as a place to perform folk songs and various other arts. These places are used as a place for the people 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 Dagi Selatan. Local people and tourists can come to see the art performances of the West Jawab area, ranging from singing local songs, playing musical instruments to art performances.

Every week there is always a special agenda for art performances that can be enjoyed by all circles, even foreign tourists also come first hand to see how beautiful the culture of the country is. In addition to the local culture of West Java, a variety of other Indonesian regional art is also shown.

Guests can also visit the Daya Sunda Art Context at Taman Sari Bandung Zoo. This place usually offers a variety of regional dances, martial arts performances, gamelan and other performances. At least 20 artists perform per week.


As a child of the nation that will determine the future of Indonesia, you must love the national culture, both from your own region and from other regions. By getting acquainted with various regional art, musical instruments and West Javanese songs , you can cultivate a love for the art and culture of the country.

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