Sunday, 26 April 2015

Annie Landouw - ( Kroncong Music )

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MISS ANNIE LANDOUW
"Keronchong Pearls"
Mata Hari Records TTS 586

I think it is a record produced in Holland.
"Keronchong" ( Kroncong ) is spelled in the pre-1972 Singapore / Malaysian way.
Maybe because the Dutch recording companies were Singapore based.
It is possible the were still afraid to re-establish in Indonesia, because in the preceding era Sukarno nationalized all Dutch companies.
The cover of the record shows figures in Balinese dress, which does not connect with the content, just in order to make it look exotic. On the back of the cover is a small and crude, but more correct drawing of a kroncong group.
There is a price tag on it 10 Guilders approx. 4,50 Euro and it reads "Radio Bolland"
an old firm ( Stationsstraat, The Hague ), in the fifties and sixties a hotspot for all who would buy Indonesian records.
Those kroncong singers had a hard life, because the taste of the audience was changing to other genres of music, due to to the introduction of radios and gramophones. People became modern an no more attached to all things from the "Tempo Dulu"
( The old days ). I am talking about the period between 1910 and 1940,
So the kroncong bands were roaming from town to town to get some money here and there.
Most people did not have a high opinion of kroncong bands, the same as with
todays street artists, jugglers etc.
The singers were mostly tragical girls, who, if they had to choose between a life as a singer or a steady office-job, they would chose the latter. They were of mixed race or sometimes pure European and did their performance in the areas were there was place for making a stage, mostly at the edge of town, where impoverished Europeans lived, or in the mixed Dutch Indonesian neighbourhoods.
2 songs are beginning with the word "Stambul" its from the Stambul theatre, which was en vogue at the end of the 19nth century.
Its plays are a mix of all tales from the east and west "Ali Baba" etc. The were visited by people from all races.
The audience liked the colourful costumes and the stage setup. Sometimes in a scene which was laid at sea, the waves were made of cardboard and moved in a see saw left to right manner, by assistants, invisible by the audience.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Tugu The Cradle Of Kroncong

n the seventeenth century the Dutch became the leading colonial power. Batavia ( Present: Jakarta) became their mainport in Asia. Before this period the Portuguese were the rulers of the seas.Many of their settlements were conquered by the by the Dutch. From these collapsed Portuguese possessions in Asia inhabitants were transported to Batavia and forced to work for the Dutch rulers.In a later period slaves were set free and granted a piece of land 20 kilometers from  Batavia. This area was called Tugu.
The people who settled here were called "Mardijkers" a Dutch word that is derived from the Malay word "Orang Mardika" which means "Free People". They spoke a Portuguese creole dialect, which was widely used in Jakarta until 1800.Because of their mixed ancestry, contact with the colonial rulers and knowledge of the music of neigbouring areas the Tugunese people developed a special musical style: The Kroncong Music.
Tugu is now incorporated in the Greater Jakarta Area.On the photos below from 1980 this area still looks surprisingly rural, in fact it is not far from Jakarta's seaport.
Below a more extensive article about Tugu and the Tugunese from the Indonesian Magazine "Selecta" 1 september 1980.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Erni Djohan - ( Remaco RL 033 )

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REMACO RL 033
ERNIE DJOHAN
Band: Zaenal Combo
Conductor: Zaenal Arifin.
Year: 1966
Her second album produced by Remaco.
With sound effects in "Hujan" ( Rain ) : Roaring Thunder.
and in "Samudraku" ( My Ocean ) : The surfing waves.
Also one of the shortest songs ever produced: "Jemput Aku Jam Lima Sore" which lasts only 1 minute and 16 seconds.
All songs on this LP are of good quality. A few to mention; "Kau Selalu Di Hatiku": very intense.
"Mustafa": A song that could fit in "Sinbad" "Ali Baba" or "1001 night'' film.
All the songs are still easy to find as they are many times re-recorded.
The cover of the LP is damaged: The Remaco company used ordinary thin paper.
ATTENTION : The first song of this playlist is not complete because the outer rim of this record is not playable anymore..

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Annie Rae - ( Polydor 2399002 )

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ANNIE RAE ( POLYDOR 2399002 )
"Djatuh Tjinta"
Bands:
Side 1: The Rollies.
Side 2: Zaenal Combo.

The Polydor label was one of the European labels that venturing into Asia.
This label formed a kind of conglomerate with Philips, Fontana, and Popsound labels, who were even more active in Asia (based in Malaysia, but with many releases of Indonesian bands and singers.
5 songs written by Kosaman Djaja a Sundanese Composer. Probably special for this record, as never heard before by other singers.
Some songs are slow, lounge like. From this catogory Maz's favo is:" Hampa Menanti". ( waiting in vain )
The faster more upbeat ones are more according to M's preferences: "Selamat Tinggal Singapura" ( Goodbye Singapore ) " Bang Becak " ( "Becak Driver" ), maybe you know already, The Becak is a bicycle taxi, already longtime banned from Jakarta's streets.
"Aku Dikibulin" ( I am fooled ) "Hijau Daun Rambutan" ( Green are the leaves of the rambutan tree ) a kind of "Pantun" ( Poem ) sometimes with nonsense rhymes, but also with hidden double meanings, nice pretty beat by the music.
"Suratmu" ("Your letter") just fine in style it. M. likes the most, resembles songs by Ernie Djohan.
"Mengapa Kau Curi Hariku" ( "Why You Stole My Heart" )The guitar sounding like Enteng Tanamal was present.

Another LP album by this singer is "Kahuma" with Sundanese songs.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Bing Slamet & Maya Soha - ( Canary CLP 17013 )

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CANARY RECORDS CLP 17013
BING SLAMET & MAYA SOPHA
"Mak Comblang"
Band: Zaenal Combo
Conductor: Zaenal Arifin.

A few highlights from this record:
On the cover to be seen both singers dressed at their Jakarta-best, fine for attending social events and festivities.
Maybe they are both discussing the approval of the miniskirt, in the song "Ade Ade Aje" Bing Slamet is upset seeing those modern miniskirts, but Maja Sopa reassures him "it is all in the eye of the beholder, girls are just happy to wear them, so finally he agrees with her.
"Jangan Ragu" ( Don't be upset" )has a fine old Jakarta touch in the melody, a fine composition by Zaenal Arifin.
"Raja Sehari" ( King for one day ) A king was granted to fly for one day, with a pair of wings. So he could fly everywhere, but forgot it was just for one day ( and fell back to earth ). It is almost like the story of Icarus.
About Bing Slamet. He took "Bing" as his first name, because he admired Bing Crosby.
He was a film actor, singer and a member of the Eka Sapta band.
His children are also well known in the entertainment business.
He died in 1974 at a young age, just 46 years old.


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Sandra Sanger - ( Mesra MP 6 )

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SANDRA SANGER
MESRA MP 6
Bands: "Melodi Ria" Conductor: Rachman A. ( songs 1 -4 )
" Sono" Conductor: Herman ( songs 5 -8 )
Probably just 2 records released: this one, and another, also by Mesra ( Dimita ) records.
The other one is with the song "Ayo Mama" , not in Mazefs collection.
There is also a Norma Sanger, maybe her sister. She sings "Gembala Sapi" on Mesra Record MP 17.
"Muntep Rumah Tangga" is in Batak language (?)
p.s. The record is rather damaged, the crachts have been muted by software called " DePopper" which I can recommend.