The picturesque Lake Toba, as seen from Samosir Island in North Sumatra. (Shutterstock/.)
Tobatak Music Festival 2017 held on Aug. 12 in Tuktuk Siadong, Samosir Island, was considered a huge success.
The festival’s project manager Henry Manik expressed his gratitude to the audience and artists who performed at the event.
“We’re very proud to receive the support from all artists involved in this event. These performers were united by the spirit of friendship and the goal to promote the beauty of Batak music to the entire nation and the world. The event also had a positive impact on tourism,” said Henry.
“Apart from being the best annual music event in the country and promoting Batak music, this show also aimed to attract more tourists to explore the beauty of Samosir Island and Lake Toba. The event was fully supported by Samosir administration and Batak ethnic community who lives there."
The event that was held for the third time featured traditional Batak music performances by Eurovision Song Contest 2011 finalist Nadine Beiler and Dutch soprano singer Bernadeta Asari. At one point during the performance, Beiler also collaborated with famed Batak singer Tongam Sirait.
Other than Tongam Sirait, other local performers who graced the event were Hermann Delago, the J.B.'s Band, Viky Sianipar, Jajabi Band, Supra Purba Tambak, Punxgoaran and the Samisara Band.
Some of the traditional songs performed include “Rura Silindung,” “Ro Ho Saonari” and songs created by Nahum Situmorang.
Hermann Delago, a musician from Austria, said Batak music has similar notes with Western music.
“The rhythm in Batak music has a lot of similarities with Western music, like the song ‘Di Dia Ronkaphi,’ is similar to ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,’” said Delago. (kes)