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Jakarta Post

Sundanese music and dance liven election day in Bogor

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 26 2008   /  10:57 am

Residents of Badak and Bantarjati decided a local flavor was needed at their first-ever mayoral elections on in Bogor, West Java, on Saturday. The traditional touches of degung and reog dog-dog could be found in Badak and Bantarjati subdistricts. Degung (Sundanese gamelan orchestra) musicians played melodies at the election booths in Badak and Bantarjati subdistricts while troupes of reog dog-dog (traditional West Java comic performances, featuring a group of comedians dancing in a circle) toured housing areas to remind people to come and vote. At another booth in Tevlan, Tanah Sereal district, the election committee gave away seeds from various decorative plants and tree saplings to residents who had voted. A touch of an agricultural and environment theme could also be seen when entering the election booths, as they were decorated with coconut leaves, coconut fruit and e...