“Dangdut Daerah”: Going Local in Post-Suharto Indonesia

Andrew N. Weintraub

in Dangdut Stories

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395662
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863549 | DOI:
“Dangdut Daerah”: Going Local in Post-Suharto Indonesia

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Dangdut, originally associated with Melayu and India in the 1970s, and then resignified as national in the 1980s and 1990s, had evolved into something “ethnic” and “regional” in the 2000s. Ethnic dangdut, framed in this chapter as forms of “nationalized regionality,” describes nationally mediated music with some regional markers (for example, sound, image, and text). Regional dangdut, as forms of “regionalized nationality,” are sung in regional languages and marketed to people of specific ethnic groups. Chapter 8 examines the creation, marketing, and distribution, and use of several ethnic and regional forms. Three regionalized examples of dangdut provide illustrations: saluang dangdut (Minang); koplo (east Java), and dangdut melayu (Riau). These examples problematize scholarly notions of “local” (also called “regional” or “ethnic”), “national,” and “global.” The chapter argues that these forms presented a challenge to the New Order discourse about dangdut as Indonesia's national popular music par excellence.

Keywords: ethnicity and nation; national popular music; local and global; saluang dangdut; koplo; dangdut melayu

Chapter.  7748 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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