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Jakarta Post

Amin Abdullah: Popularizing ‘kakula’ globally

  • Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 5 2013   /  11:59 am

JP/Ruslan SangadjiSmall and medium-sized gongs arranged in harmony, popularly known as kakula, is thriving among members of the indigenous Kaili community in Palu, Central Sulawesi, adding color to Indonesia’s multifaceted cultural mosaic.

Commonly played during wedding ceremonies and custom rituals, kakula is part of the gong culture spreading in Southeast Asia from southern Philippines to southern Sumatra. Such instruments are also found in Bolaang Mangondow, North Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Sumatra, Maluku, Sabah, Sarawak Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Amin Abdullah, an artist from Palu who earned his master’s degree in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, US, has further developed kakula by creating a modern blend of traditional music and popular music. In Palu he formed a kakula group called the Modero Palu Ensemble.

In the hands of Amin, kakula ...