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Jogja Hip Hop Foundation

Indonesia’s foremost crew stands in the cultural cross-hairs, rapping across language and other borders.
Hailing from one of Indonesia’s artistic well-springs, Yogyakarta, this sharp Javanese collective promotes tolerance and pluralism. Jogja Hip Hop Foundation takes on corruption and inequality with wit and hooks that meld global and indigenous trance rhythms, Indonesian pop and gamelan music, ancient Javanese poetry and literature. Visit the website: Jogja Hip Hop Foundation and kill the DJ.

Gamelan exampels

Taylor Kuffner: The Gamelatron

"A lasting relic of our human cultural heritage"

To hear Aaron Taylor Kuffner describe his time spent living in Indonesia, playing gamelan became a consuming way of life. "For more than two years I ate, dreamed and woke playing various forms and instruments of the gamelan tradition," shares Taylor, of the period he spent playing for more than 40 hours a week.

Gamelan

A gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Bali or Java, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included.

The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.