In the 1980s and 1990s Tegalharjo, the area along the railway line between Jebres and Balapan stations in Solo, was well known for its keroncong. OK Kelana Remaja, one of the most popular groups from that era, held regular latihan in the area behind SMA Kristen, Solo. However over time the musicians aged or lost interest and, as there weren’t many young players to replace them, the latihan gradually ceased.
A few years ago some of the ex-members started playing again on Thursday nights at Biro Teknik Listrik Karya Pemuda and before long were joined by young musicians who were keen to learn and play keroncong. They recruited more players, including students from SMK N 8 and formed OK Karya Pemuda.
Love the haunting introduction to Lala- Anyam-anyaman nyaman by Jempol Jenthik Orkes Keroncong (JJOK) at 2015 SKF. Lyrics are by Sujiwo Tejo an Indonesian poet, writer, musician, actor, dalang.
video and audio by Ganang Partho
At the end you can follow the link to a keroncong medley Lir-llir – Ave Maria featuring the wonderful Sruti Respati with JJOK.
These great young musicians come from Tugu, Jakarta
Young musicians dominated this year’s keroncong festival. Many of the groups were made up of young players who presented their own versions of keroncong. They adapted modern musical sounds and incorporated different instruments to create lively, entertaining keroncong.
Hope you enjoy the talented Komunitas Keroncong Anak Jombang (KKAJ).
The SKF returned this year to the beautiful setting of the Halaman Balaikota Surakarta. Over two nights huge crowds flocked to enjoy a great variety of keroncong styles played by musicians of all ages.
Sincere thanks to Tirto Gempil Solo for allowing me to use his wonderful photos.
Congkil or Keroncong Tingkilan is a fusion of keroncong and Tingkilan, a type of music played in the Kutai province of East Kalimantan. The Kutai word Tingkilan comes from Ting – the sound of a plucked string -and Kil – the act of plucking the string.
The music has much in common with Malay music and developed with the entry of Islam into the area. The lyrics, in the form of rhyming satire, are usually about love, justice and hope and are accompanied by psaltery (type of stringed zither), harp or mandolin, ketipung, violin and viola. Guitar, bass, drums and tambourines may also be played.
Tingkilan music often accompanies Kutai folk dance such as Dance Jepen.
Click here to enjoy Just the Way You Are by Orkes Sekar Kedaton.