|Photograph by Ash Daniel|
Orkes Kroncong Rumput is Richmond's first, only, and therefore best Indo-Appalachian string band. They play a style of music called kroncong, the result of local traditions and aesthetics rubbing up against the activities of the countries that have exercised political and economic sway over Indonesia since the 16th century: Portugal, the Netherlands, China and Japan. And as Virginians, they can't avoid being influenced by string band traditions that are all around us in the Appalachian and Piedmont regions.
The "& Friends" are joining in to produce a presentation called Shadow Ballads, which combines Indonesian and Appalachian string band musics with those lands' visual storytelling traditions: Indonesian gender wayang (shadow puppetry) and Appalachian crankies (illustrated scrolls). Appalachian singers Anna & Elizabeth (whose 2015 duo album is a personal favorite) and Indonesians Peni Candarini and Danis Sugiyanto will join Rumput in Studio C.
The whole darn family will take their show on the road later this month, with a performance at the University of Richmond's Camp Concert Hall on Saturday April 16 at 3:00 PM, followed by a tour to Wake Forest, Bucknell and Cornell Universities and to two Indonesian embassies. But before all that, they'll give WRIR listeners a taste of what Shadow Ballads is all about. Sorry no shadow puppets or crankies -- it is radio, after all.
More about the project here:
Shadow Ballads website
All the podcasts: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/series/Global+A+Go-Go
Artist (Country) | Song | Recording | Label | Year
Oliver Lake (USA) | Separation | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1997
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (UK) | Global A Go-Go | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001
Errol Dyers (South Africa) | Dindela | The Rough Guide To South African Jazz (Second Edition) | World Music Network | 2000
Dollar Brand (South Africa) | Mannenberg 'Is Where It's At' | Mannenberg 'Is Where It's At' | The Sun | 1974
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos (Nigeria) | Ololufe | Highlife-Jazz & Afro-Soul (1963-69) | Knitting Factory | 1965
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana-Germany) | Amaehu | Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band | Strut | 2015
Bantu feat Ayuba (Nigeria-Germany) | How Real (Can A Real Real Be) | Fuji Satisfaction: Soundclash In Lagos | Piranha | 2005
Rumput & Friends present Shadow Ballads, live in WRIR's Studio C:
Goin' Across The Mountain
Yen Ing Tawang
I Fell In Love When You Parted
Sidestepper (Colombia-USA) | Song For The Sinner | Supernatural Love | Real World | 2016
Bomba Estereo (Colombia) | Sintiendo | Elegancia Tropical | Soundway | 2013
Gepe (Chile) | Melipilla | Estilo Libre | Quemasucabeza | 2015
Systema Solar (Colombia) | Quien Es El Patron? | Systema Solar | 2016