Traditional and Ethnic Musics in Indonesia
Indonesia, also known as the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI); or it can also be called the Republic of Indonesia (RI) is a country located in Southeast Asia which is crossed by the equator. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world consisting of 17,504 islands and is located between the continents of Asia and the continents of Australia, as well as between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The major islands of Indonesia are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (shared with Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam), Sulawesi, and Papua (shared with Papua New Guinea).
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with a population of more than 270 million people. This archipelagic country is a country rich in ethnic groups, with about 1,340 different ethnic groups. Most of Indonesia’s population is of Austronesian descent, and there are also Melanesian tribal groups, and possibly Polynesians and Micronesians, especially in eastern Indonesia. Among these ethnic groups, the Javanese are the ethnic groups with the largest population in Indonesia.
The official language of this country is Indonesian, but Indonesia also has more than 700 regional languages spread from the west to the east of its territory. The most widely used regional languages in a row are Javanese, Sundanese, Malay, Madurese, Minangkabau, Banjarese, Bugis, Balinese, and Batak. The territory of Indonesia consists of 34 provinces, and each province has the art of music and traditional musical instruments with their own characteristics.
We from the Museum Musik Indonesia (Indonesian Music Museum) are trying to create a “Discography digital catalog of Indonesian traditional music” which we present on this website page. Discography This digital catalog contains descriptions and story telling of each album of traditional music recordings in our Museum. We divide the territory of Indonesia into 8 major sections, each section contains a digital catalog which is the traditional music of the region. Previously, we would like to inform you that this traditional Music Discography project was possible due to the support of The Asia / Pacific Regional Committee for the Memory of the World Program (MOWCAP), an institution under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). We are grateful to them for the support that has been given
(*Special note: This Discography Indonesian Traditional Music digital can be used by anyone but only for educational and documentation purposes only)