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This a short version of performance traditional Perkolong-kolong. Perkolong-kolong, a form of art that combines dancing, music and singing, originates from Brastagi Regency, North Sumatra. Perkolong-kolong is a performance art often hired by the people for traditional Batak Karo wedding ceremonies. The dancers are also singers, and each group consists of two male and two female performers.
The signature of Perkolong-kolong is its use of two or three percussive instruments very small in size, one kecapi, one gong and a flute.
The lyrics sung by the dancers contain words of advice, information that the public needs to know, and elements of moral education. Nowadays, the musical accompniment of Perkolong-kolong is dominated by the keyboard, which replaces the traditional instruments, while the original composition and traditional arrangements are retained. Some contemporary Perkolong-kolong groups even use dangdut music to fulfill public demand.

This film is short version of performance tradition Perkolong-kolong filmed at Brastagi North Sumatera, Indonesia, directed by Wisnu Adi, as part of the 'On the Record: Indonesian Performance Tradition" series which features interview with the artists of performance tradition. This series consists of raw documentary footage of each region’s oral traditions, mostly in the local language/dialect. A few films have some narration in Indonesian. Lontar has documented 30 performances around Indonesia.

Publisher: Lontar Foundation

Place of Publication: Jakarta

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Created: 1999

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