Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Bunyuwangi folk song
Arranger:   Budi Susanto
Publisher:   earthsongs
Edition:   S-230
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Peter Schleif
Faribault High School 2007
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

The Banyuwangi region of Indonesia is in southeastern Java, not far from Bali. This celebratory tune begins with brief passages, intoning “Uki,” a magical word used to invited the wind. After accelerating to a percussive allegro, the men’s voices imitate Indonesian instruments while the women provide a cautionary text, warning that women should not be too tempted by the wind. This highly complex piece is a great introduction to Indonesian music, and, although difficult, is rather accessible in comparison to most others.