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Preserving Gorontalo’s poetry singing tradition

  • Syam Terrajana


Gorontalo | Thu, November 22 2012 | 11:41 am
Preserving Gorontalo’s  poetry singing tradition

PREMIUM Risno Ahaya. (JP/Syam Terrajana)He deftly strummed the strings of a gambus (lute) producing high-pitched tones, inviting warm applause from the audience. Then his typically sweet voice began pervading the room, singing verses with a Malay rhythm and in the language of Gorontalo.

Despite the pouring rain outside, the performer with shoulder-length hair was cheered on by hundreds of school a...