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Discover regional songs, musical instruments and art in West Java


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

Usually, songs and music are typical of the region by describing the history, natural scenery, culture, food and customs of the area. Every song, music and art of a region in the country that provides education to the younger generation always has meaning.

On the archipelago it is very easy to find folk songs, because every region has them. Not just songs, but regional dances, musical instruments and artistic performances that combine songs, games with musical instruments and dances. Unfortunately, its existence is now disrupted by modernization.

There are many forgotten folk songs that have been surpassed by modern art. Songs from West Java are increasingly marginalized and replaced by contemporary music.  Indeed, local music and art are considered old-fashioned and sinister by the current generation. Therefore, it is necessary to raise young people’s awareness of the love of the art of the region itself.

This time we have information about musical instruments, songs and regional art so that you can learn something about the richness of the art of our homeland. By getting to know the  art of the region, perhaps you can cultivate a love of music products from your own country.

Folk songs from West Java

As a simple man who holds the future of the nation, you don’t just have to learn science and technology. These two things are necessary for building the future of the nation and the well-being of the people. However, it is not important to appreciate and preserve the culture of the nation.

There are many ways that can be done to preserve the culture of a nation. Even if you don’t directly master various arts and are engaged in this area, you can still preserve local art by getting to know and get to know it. Some of the songs that come from West Java are:

  1. Manuk Dadali

This song is one of the songs that is still very well known. In the lyrics, he describes the character of the bird garuda (Manuk Dadali), which is now the emblem of the country, as a bird with temperamental charisma and is able to fly high in the vast sky. This illustrates the glory of Indonesia.


  1. Ice candles

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


  1. Bubuy Moon

The lyrics of this song also describe a girl’s heart, but in a state of heartbreak, because she was abandoned by her lover and one day found someone with an expression in his eyes similar to her lover.


  1. Cing Cang

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


  1. Tokecang

Each text of a folk song always has some meaning, one of them is Tokecang, which describes people with a greedy, greedy, greedy nature and an unwillingness to share with others.

Traditional musical instruments of West Java

Various musical instruments from Bandung Province also deserve attention to be maintained and preserved. Some musical instruments may have similarities with other regions, which is natural given that the vilayah is adjacent and the cultures are similar.  Here is an example of traditional West Javanese music:

  1. Karinding

There are 2 types of karinding, namely for men and women. For men, bamboo will be used as a base material, palm leaves are used for karinding for women. The player must strokeone of his sides to make a sound and at the same time throw it out.


  1. Necklace

Calung is able to create melodic sounds and is often played at artistic performances. How to play it with a batsman. This musical instrument is made of bamboo, both for the body and for beaters.


  1. Flute

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


  1. Harp

There are two types of lyre, namely Indung and Rincik. Indung (parent) harps have 18-20 strings and large dimensions. This instrument became the leader for the Detailk (children’s) lute, which was played as a filler for pauses between the tones of the Indung lyre.


  1. Celempung

This tool relies on sound from inside bamboo sticks to create a sound that is pleasing to the ear. In the Celempung areas, it is played at night during cultural performances.

West Javanese traditional art

In addition to songs originating from West Java , there are also various other arts such as dances and artistic performances. One of them is a dance with masks created on the basis of a folk story about Sunan Gunung Jati, the ruler of Cirebon, when he faces an attack by Prince Welang.

There is also a Pasundan peacock dance, which, as the name suggests, is inspired by peacocks. This dance will be accompanied by gamelan and will feature several dancers with graceful and temperamental movements. Peacock dancers always use a crown when wearingtheir body, karen means the symbol of a peacock.

Have you ever heard of the art of Rengkong? This local kesenian is a performance inspired by the practices of the Sundanese people for growing rice for harvest. He first appeared in 1964 in Cianjur Regency. To this day, it is often performed in cultural parks and other artistic performances.

There is also the art of throwing horses, which is very often kept in the Java region and various other parts of Indonesia. A concert with mass horses is most often played and is crowded with people. This art has a mystical flavor because the dancer is a trance person who rides a wooden horse and then dances to the accompaniment of drumming.

Cultural Venues in West Java

If you want to listen to the singing of various songs from West Java, you can visit the places wherecultural performances take place. There are several places that are often used as places for performing folk songs and various other arts. These places are used as a place for people from West Java to express artistic skills while maintaining artistic sustainability.

One of the places you can visit is Taman Budaya, located in Bukit Dagi Selatan. Local people and tourists can come to watch the West Jawab region’s artistic performances, from singing local songs, playing musical instruments, to artistic performances.

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

You can also visit Daya Sunda Art Context in the area of Taman Sari Bandung Zoo. This place usually offers various regional dances, martial arts performances, gamelan and other performances. At least 20 artists perform every week.


As the 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 becoming familiar with various regional arts, musical instruments and West Javanese songs,  you can cultivate a love of national art and culture.

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