The Jakarta Post
Women too: A group of women from a Didong group perform on stage in Central Aceh.Uroh...
Wo...wo...kaung-kaung bebujang kaung
Wo..wo...kaung-kaung bebujang kaung
(Hello, wo... It’s my village, wo... It’s the youth of my village chanting Didong. It’s Kemara)
This is the opening verse you will hear if you attend a Didong — a folk form of poetry singing — show in Takengon, Central Aceh. This particular one is sung by the Kemera Bujang group, from Takengon, Central Aceh.
“This [poetry] verse serves as an introduction to our audience and shows our respect for them,” said Salimi Putra, the leader and Ceh (narrating poet) of Kemara Bujang, who plays an indispensable role in any Didong group.
Didong comes from the highlands of Gayo, Central Aceh.
Practiced by the local community for a long time, this chanting of p...