Minang Saluang Folk Music

Out of my recent haul of records from Jakarta’s famed flea market Jalan Surabaya, this one is easily the most mind-blowing. The jacket was torn and in bad shape, but the vinyl proved to be in good condition.

A collection of songs by the Minangkabau people from West Sumatra, the album shares a title with a song and the simple phrase ‘klasik Minang asli,’ or ‘original classic Minang’ music.

The music, which features only flutes and voice, is known as saluang, and consists of hypnotic chanting. The album features the renowned singer of this style, Adjis Sutan Sati. When the second singer, named Sawir Mudo, joins Sati, the doubling effect is transcendent. Listen closely and you’ll enter a strange mental state (perhaps suggested by both the burning cigarette and the areca nut and betel leaves serving tray depicted on the album jacket).

Siriah Langkok – Klasik Minang Asli

Elshinta Records (no date).

One:

  1. Siriah Langkok
  2. Indang Baru
  3. Talago Biru

Two:

  1. Padang Magek
  2. Taram Manuai
  3. Bapikek Balam

 

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Download MP3s here:

side one: https://app.box.com/s/g61my294868fu68kvbdy

side two: https://app.box.com/s/u0ml9we7npgzpxeiqhzz

 

Listen to the album here:

A more modern version of the song “Bapikek Balam” can be found on Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra, Vol 1 , released by my pals at Sublime Frequencies.

Listen to that song here:

You can learn more about traditional folk music from Minang and listen to an awesome 78rpm recording provided gratis by the good folks over at Excavated Shellac:

http://excavatedshellac.com/2014/01/04/rapioen-tandjoeng-sani/

 

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