SambaSunda - Berekis (2001)

A haunting album from one of the most innovative Indonesian groups, the Sundanese SambaSunda, Berekis (Kartini music, 2001) is a new edition (improved in overall sound quality and mixing) of their debut CD, originally released in 1998 under the title Rythmical Sundanese People.

«In a fast-changing Indonesia a new generation of musicians are taking on the task of redefining their rich musical heritage for the new millennium. 17-piece(!) ensemble SambaSunda bring together a dazzling array of instruments and influences to create a new style Gamelan orchestra and the most exciting musical voice out of the archipelago today.

Led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Ismet Ruchimat, who started his career in 1989 in Gugum Gumbira's famous Jugala Orchestra, and bred on the creative grounds of Bandung’s prominent STSI arts college, SambaSunda have more than seven local releases to their credit. Already a local phenomenon, this best-kept Indonesian secret is now ready burst into the international scene, with a sparkling international CD release.

SambaSunda come from Bandung, the bustling capital and cultural centre of Western Java, more commonly known as Sunda. The Sundanese are the second largest ethnic group in Indonesia with a unique language and culture. The group updates the lilting sounds of Sundanese gamelan degung and the angklung bamboo instruments by adding elements of Jakarta's kroncong, Sunda's jaipong, Balinese kebyar and the Brazilian rhythm of samba. The classic sounds of the traditional instruments evoke not only past splendour but also the bustling, urban energy of Bandung today: A full sound palette from the deep resonance of the mighty gongs to the silvery eloquence of the suling bamboo flute. […] The result is a mesmerizing mix that manages, strangely, to be both relentlessly exciting and languidly tranquil, full of explosive energy and seductive sweetness. Both reassuringly familiar and daringly innovative at home in Bandung, this is a dazzling new sound for the rest of the world to discover.» (Kapa Productions)

Full history, reviews, instrument glossary and more (in French) here: SambaSunda: Les vertiges du bambou

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Radu said...


tucker said...

Gorgeous stuff - many thanks!

brianboru said...

Toujours plus loin. Un superbe album!
Merci pour cette découverte

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!!!

Gusdeco said...

Radu, tens sempre musica excelente!
Muito obrigado por esta e por muitas das outras obras que me têm deliciado. Um grande abraço de Portugal!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! Great music! Love:)

Spinning said...


Thanks again for bringing new music to our attention.

I really appreciate the time and love you put into this blog.

All the best to you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks again, mate! Keep travelin' the musical seven seas, perhaps i'll run into you in egypt!

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swamielmo said...

thanks radu

vaubu said...

Thank you Radu for SambaSunda's "Berekis"; it is quite unique! I have also posted some innovative Indonesian music @ http://vaubu.blogspot.com/

mad said...

pls reupload, thanks

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