1951: Sumatran Ladies Wearing Hats as Outlawed by Government

by Obeng Ungu & Jalan Buntu with Group Uang Wayang of Palembang

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    Real glass mastered mini compact disc, 8cm disc with monochrome "on body" print and folded 8 page booklet, illustrated and with informative potted history lesson on the perils of wearing hats 7 or 8 decades ago. Has the world moved forward at all?

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Recorded on the shores of Lake Toba, 1981, this is a CD re-issue of an indonesian album released on Cassette Tape only in 1982. The composers Obeng Ungu & Jalan Buntu chose as the subject and inspiration for the music, quite tragic and horrific events during the first few years of Indonesian independence. The theme of the album seems to be the tremendous struggle of enlightened and 'OPEN' culture, engaging and absorbing outside influences, whilst being viciously oppressed by the conservative and 'closed' culture that holds power and wishes to keep that control at any cost. The actual music is a scarily childish mix of nursery-rhyme gamelan, indonesian style pop and early 80's electronic processing and sampling. Somehow it treads a triangular path between 23 Skidoo, Val Doonican & Harry Partch

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released March 13, 1982

Jalan Buntu: gambang, metallophones, production
Obeng Ungu: tongtong, kerejing, Roland 808 tongtong-mesin
Group Uang Wayang: pot gongs, gambang, hasapi, sampeq, surune etek, kacapi indung, rincik, juk, tifa, cuk, cak, sekeleng, Hammond M-101 organ, gurantung, belut listrik, asbak, kelapa etc.....
Matt Wand: restoration and re-issue

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