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The Exotic Harmony of the 5th Bambu Nusantara World Music Festival


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The Exotic Harmony of the 5th Bambu Nusantara World Music Festival

Posted on 6 October 2011

The exotic sounds of Bamboo reverberated once more over the mountain city of Bandung ,following the momentous achievement made in Washington D.C last July in breaking the Guinness World Record for the  world’s largest Angklung Ensemble participated by a total of 5,180 players.


Here the 5th edition of the Bambu Nusantara World Music Festival was held over the weekend of 1st to 2nd October 2011. Featuring bamboo as more than just musical instruments, the festival succeeded in showcasing bamboo in its integral relationship with Indonesian cultures, both traditionally and in modern times. These radiated from all the performing stages and the various exhibition booths showcasing house wares, children’s toys, modern appliances such as electric lamps and interior decorations, furniture, masks and carvings, and even to fashions and accessories.


Angklung, Karinding, Celempung, Seruling,Calung, and Lodong, were among the stars of the 2-day musical fiesta. The sounds of those exotic bamboo musical instruments resonated harmoniously among some of the fine performances from Jatiwangi Art Factory featuring Ary Juliant, Samba Sunda, Wallaki, Babendjo,  Ozenk Percussion featuring Dwiki Dharmawan, Saravasti featuring Angklung Ensemble of SMA Pasundan 2 Bandung,  and Sawung Jabo’s Sirkus Barock.

It may not have been a ‘Wood’stock, but it sure was an exuberant ‘bamboo’ fiesta.

photo by Andi Abdul Muhaimin/www.indonesia.travel