Tari Japin Melayu. photography by Hidris Kartomi ; notes prepared by Bronia Kornhauser with Margaret Kartomi Kartomi, Margaret J

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Kartomi, Margaret J
Folk dance music - Indonesia - Sumatra - Slides.; Hadramaut; Melayu
For male or male/female participants. A group of around 10 young men and women performing the japin dance, also known as zapin, accompanied by a group of musicians playing a set of 4 hand drums (marwas) and a violin. In this image, only 3 of the young men are seen and the musicians are not visible. Tari Japin Melayu can also be accompanied by an orkes (ensemble) gambus comprising a singer of pantun verse in Malay, a fretless short-necked lute (gambus), a violin, a set of 4 small hand drums (marwas) and a rebana (frame drum). The dance has an introduction, several sections and a conclusion. It is believed to have derived from the Hadramaut in present day Yemen.
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