Traditional musical instruments of West Jave : DesaCanggu

Find out with regional songs, musical instruments and their art, which you can hear in the Western


Regional art is the culture of the nation, so it must be preserved, including the West Javanese folk song and  various other art.  Each region has its own compositions, music and  art. The characteristics of the song’s lyrics and music sometimes have similarities, but they will differ from one another.

Usually, the songs and music characteristic of the region are a description of history, natural landscape, culture, food and customs of the area. For every song, music and art region in the country there is always a meaning that provides teaching to the younger generation.

In the archipelago, it is very easy to find folk songs because every region has them. Not just songs, but regional dances, musical instruments and artistic performances that combine songs, games with musical instruments and dances. Unfortunately, its existence is now eroded by modernisation.

There were many forgotten folk songs that were overtaken by contemporary art. Songs from West Jave are increasingly marginalised to be replaced by contemporary music.  Local music and art are considered old-fashioned and sinister  of the current generation. It is therefore necessary to raise the awareness of young people that they love the art of the region itself.

This time we have information about musical instruments, songs and regional art so that you can give a little notice of the richness of the art of our homeland. By knowing the art andregion better, you can cultivate a love of music products from your  own country.

Folk Songs from West Java

As simple people who have the future of the nation, you don’t just have to learn science and technology. These two are essential to building the future of the nation and the good of the people. However, it is not important to cherish and preserve the culture of the nation.

There are many ways to preserve the culture of the nation. Although you do not know directly the different arts and are involved in this area, you can still preserve local art by knowing and knowing it. Some of the songs – coming from West Jave – are:

  1. Manuk Dadali

This song is one   of the songs that is still very famous. In the text, he describes a figure of the bird Garuda (Manuk Dadali), which is now the emblem of the country as a bird with charming charisma and is able to fly high in the vast sky. This exemplifies indonesia’s glory.


  1. Ice candles

Icicles are typical Bandung food. The lyrics of this poem, however, describe the heart of a girl, where when confronted with a man, she must always be careful, especially when choosing a life partner.


  1. Bubuy Luna

The lyrics of this song also describe the girl’s heart, but in a state of heartbreak because she was abandoned by her lover and one day she found someone with a look in her eyes that resembled her lover.


  1. Cing Cang Rivet

In the lyrics of this poem you will find a match of the human heart that can easily shake and change like a wave in the ocean.


  1. Tokecang

Every folksong always has meaning, one of which is Tokecang, which describes people with greedy, greedy, greedy nature and pointless to share with others.

Traditional musical instruments of West Jave

Various musical instruments from Bandung Province also deserve attention to be preserved and preserved. Some musical instruments may have a similarity to other regions, this is natural given that wilayais adjacent and the  cultures are similar.  Here’s  an example of traditional West Java music:

  1. Karinding

There are 2 types of carindinga for men and women. For men, bamboo will be used as a basic material, palm fronds used for carinding for women. The player has to pet one of his sides to make a sound and blow it at the same time.


  1. Calung

Calung is able to make melood sounds and often plays in artistic performances. How to play it with a batter. This musical instrument is made of bamboo, both for the body and for the beater.


  1. Flute

This typical Sundas flute is usually accompanied by West Javanese songs. There are four to six holes as a regulator for melody and produce a different sound because it is made of bamboo.


  1. Harp

There are two types of lyre, namely Indung and Rincik. Indung (parent) harps have 18-20 sets and large sizes. This instrument became the leader of lute Detailk (child), which played as a filler for the barriers between the notes of the Indungian lyre.


  1. Celempung

This instrument relies on sound from internal bamboo sticks to produce sound that is pleasing to the ear. It’s played at night in the Area of The Whole Punga during cultural performances.

West Javanese traditional art

In addition to songs originating from West Jave, there are various other art, such as dances and artistic performances. One of them is a mask dance, made based on a folk tale of Sunan Gunung Jati, ruler of Cirebon, as he faces an attack by Prince Weling.

There is also a Pasundan paved dance, which as a name means the inspiration of the paved. This dance will be accompanied by Gamelan and boasts several dancers with gracious and bubble moves. Dancers always use the crown when they wear their bodies, with Karen marking the symbol  of the paved.

Have you ever heard of Rengkong art? This local kesenian is a show inspired by the Sundan people’s procedures for planting rice for  harvest. It first appeared in Cianjur Regency in 1964. Until now, it is still often played in cultural parks and other venues of the art show.

There is also the art of lumping horses, which very often sticks in the area of The Yain and various other parts of Indonesia. The lumping horse show is most often played and full of people. This art has a mystical taste, as the trans dancer is a trans person who rides a wooden horse and then dances accompanied by a drummer.

Cultural performance venues in West Java

If you want to listen to sings of different songs from West Jave, you can visit places  where cultural performances take place. There are several places that are often used as places to perform folk songs and various other art. These places are used as a place for the people of West Jave to express artistic skills while maintaining artistic sustainability.

One of the places you can visit is Taman Budaya, located in Bukit Dagi Selatan. Locals and tourists can see the artistic performances of the West Jawab region, from singing local songs, playing musical instruments, to performing art.

Every week there is always a special programme for artistic performances that can be enjoyed by all circles, even foreign tourists testify firsthand how beautiful the culture of the country is. In addition to the local culture of West Jave, various other Indonesian regional arts are displayed.

There is also the Art Context of Daya Sunda at Taman Sari Bandung Zoo. This place usually includes a variety of regional dances, martial arts performances, gamelan, and other performances. At least 20 artists perform every week.


As the child of a nation that will determine indonesia’s future, you must love national culture, both from your own region and from other regions. By introducing a variety of regional arts, musical instruments and Western Javanese songs, you can cultivate a love of national art and  culture.

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