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This a short version of performance traditional Bati-bati. Bati-bati is a spoken tradition from the people of Selayar, South Sulawesi. This art of singing and interactive improvisational rhyme can be carried out by both men and women. It is combined with gambus music played by an all male ensemble who also sing. It can be performed at different kinds of ceremonies: circumcisions, weddings, religious celebrations, etc. The singers can create rhymes all night long.

This film is short version of performance tradition Bati-bati filmed at Selayar Island, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, as part of the 'On the Record: Indonesian Performance Tradition" series which features the preparation before perform, the performance, interview with the artists. 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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