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Meet the Western Week regional songs, musical instruments and their arts


Regional art is the culture of the nation so it must be preserved, including Western Javanese folk songs and various other arts.  Each region has its own unique songs, music and arts. The characteristics of song and music texts sometimes have similarities, but they will be different from each other.

Songs and music typical of a region are usually a description of the history, natural landscape, culture, food and customs of the area. Every song, music and art region in the country that provides teaching to the younger generation always makes sense.

In the archipelhagus it is very easy to find folk songs because every region has them. Not only songs, but also regional dances, musical instruments and artistic performances that bring together songs, music games and dances. Unfortunately, its existence is now eroding from modernity.

There have been many forgotten folk songs, overperformed by modern art. Songs from West Java are becoming  increasingly marginal to be replaced by contemporary music.  Local music and art are considered truly outdated and ominous by the current generation. Therefore, there is a need to raise awareness of young people to love the arts of the region themselves.

This time we have information on musical instruments, songs and regional arts, so that you can get to know a little bit about the artistic wealth of our country. Knowingthe art region n , you may be able to cultivate love for musical products from your country.

Folk songs from West Java

As simple people who hold the future of the nation, you don’t just have to learn science and technology. Both of these are essential to build the future of the nation and the well-being of the people. However, it is not important to assess and preserve the nation’s culture.

There are many ways that can be done to preserve the culture of the nation. Although you do not directly possess different arts and are involved in this field, you can still preserve local art by recognizing and recognizing it.  Songs coming from West Java include:

  1. Manuk Dadali

This song is one of the songs that is still very well known. In the text, he describes the figure of the bird garuda (Manuk Dadali) which is the country’s nickname today as a bird with malicious charisma and capable of flying high in the wide sky. This shows the glory of Indonesia.


  1. Ice candles

Ice candles are a typical Bandung food. However, the text of this song describes a girl’s heart where when confronted with a man always be careful, especially when choosing a life partner.


  1. Bubui Moon

The lyrics of this song also describe a girl’s heart, but in a broken heart because she was abandoned by her boyfriend and one day she found someone with a look in her eyes similar to her boyfriend.


  1. Cing Cang Rivet

In the words of this song, you will see a picture of a human heart that is easily shaken and changes like a wave in the ocean.


  1. Tokecang

Every folk song always has a meaning, one of which is Tokecang who describes human beings with a greedy, greedy, greedy nature, and willing to share them with others.

Traditional West Java musical instruments

Various musical instruments from bandung province also deserve attention for its maintenance. Some musical instruments may have similarities to other regions, this is natural given that the wilayah is  attached and the cultures are similar.  Here is an example of traditional Western Javan music:

  1. Ka karinding

There are two types of karinding, that is, for men and women. For men, bamboo will be used as a basic material, palm fronds are used for carinding for women. The player must hit one of his sides to make noise and blow it at the same time.


  1. Calung

Calung is able to make melodic sounds and is often played in art shows. How to play batter. This musical instrument is made of bamboo, body and beater.


  1. Ffliwt

This typical Sudanese flute is usually an accompanist to Western Javanese songs. Four to six holes are like a melody regulator and produce a unique sound, because it is made of bamboo.


  1. Harpë

There are two types of lyre, namely Indung and Rincik. Indung harps (parent) have 18-20 wires and large sizes. This instrument became conductor for the colorful Details (child), which played as a filler for sirens among the notes of the indung prayer.

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  1. Celempung

This instrument relies on the sound that comes from inside the bamboo sticks to produce an ear-loving sound. Celempung districts are played at night during cultural performances.

Traditional Western Javanese arts

In addition to songs originating in West Java, there are other different arts such as dances and art performances. One of them is a mask dance made based on a popular tale about Sunan Gunung Jati, the ruler of Cirebon, when he faced Prince Welang’s killer.

There is also a peacock dance that as the name suggests is inspired by peacocks. This dance will be accompanied by gamelan and will feature a number of dancers with glorious and burlesque movements. Peacock dancers always use the crownwhen they weartheir bodies, Karen implying the peacock symbol.

Have you ever heard of The Art of Rengkong?  This local kesenia n is  a performance inspired by the procedures of the Sudanese people for planting rice for harvest. He first appeared in 1964 in Cianjur Regency. Until now, it is still often played in cultural parks and other art show venues.

There is also horsewood art that is very frequent in the Java area and in other parts of Indonesia. The unhappy horse’s show is played mainly and is packed with people. This art has a mystical taste, because the dancer is a trance person who drives a wooden horse and then dances with a drumbeat.

Cultural performance venues in West Java

If you want to hear different songs from West Java , you can visit places wherecultural performances are held. There are some places that are often used as places to perform folk songs and various other arts. These spaces are used as a place for West Java people to express artistic abilities while maintaining artistic sustainability.

One of the places you can visit is Taman Budaya located in Bukit Dougi Selatan. Locals and tourists can come and watch the west jawab region’s art shows, ranging from singing local songs, playing musical instruments, to art shows.

Every week there is always a special agenda for art shows that can be enjoyed by all circles, even tourists from abroad see for themselves how beautiful the country’s culture is. In addition to the local culture of West Java, other Indonesian regional arts are also on display.

You can also visit Daya Sunda Art Context in the Taman Sari Bandung Zoo area. This space usually features a variety of regional dances, martial arts shows, gamelan, and other shows. At least 20 artists perform every week.


As a child of the nation that will determine Indonesia’s future, you must love national culture, both from your regions and other regions. By recognizing various regional arts, musical instruments and Western Javanese songs,  you can cultivate love for the art and culture of the nation.