The traditional musical instruments of West Java : HpSamsung

Learn about the folk songs, musical instruments, and their arts of Western Javanese


Regional arts are the culture of the nation so they should be preserved, including the folk songs of West Javanese and many other arts.   Each region has its own songs, music and unique arts. There are sometimes similarities in the lyrics and musical features of the song, but they will be different from each other.

Generally, the particular songs and music of a region are descriptions of the history, natural scenery, culture, food, and customs of that region. The meaning of every song, music and art of the country is always in the field of providing education to the young generation.

It is very easy to find folk songs in the island group as there are them in every field. Not only songs, but folk dances, musical instruments, as well as art performances that combine songs, musical instruments, games, and dances. Unfortunately, its existence has now ceased to exist through modernization.

Already many folk songs have been forgotten by modern art, lost. Songs from West Java are increasingly marginalized to replace contemporary music.   Local music and art are considered truly ancient and ugly by the current generation. Therefore, it is important to increase the awareness of the youth to love the arts of their own area.

This time we have information about musical instruments, songs and regional arts so that you can learn a little bit about the richness of our country’s art.  By knowing the  artsand fields  , you may be able to develop a love for your country’s music products.

Folk songs from West Java

As an ordinary people who hold the future of the nation, you don’t just need to learn science and technology. Both of these are essential for the future of the country and the welfare of the people. However, it is not important to respect the culture of the nation and preserve it.

Several ways can be done to preserve the culture of the nation. Although you do not directly specialize in the various arts and struggles in this area, you can still preserve them by knowing and knowing the local arts.  Here are some of the songs coming out of West Java:

  1. Manuk Dashali

This song is  one of  those songs which is still very popular. In the lyrics, it describes the image of the Garuda bird (Manuk Dadali) which is the symbol of the country today, capable of flying high in the vast sky as a charismatic and brave bird. This shows the glory of Indonesia.


  1. Ice Wax

Snow candles are a common food of bandung. However, the lyrics of this song narrate the heart of a girl where one should always be careful when confronting a man, especially when choosing a life partner.


  1. Bubuy Moon

The lyrics of this song also tell the heart of a girl, but due to being left by her lover, in a state of heartbreak and one day a person with the same look as her lover is found in her eyes.


  1. Cing Cang Keling

In the lyrics of this song, you will get to see the depiction of the human heart which is easily shaken and rotates like a wave in the ocean.


  1. Tokecang

Every song song always has a meaning, one of which is Tokekang that describes a man with a greedy, greedy, greedy, greedy nature, and is unwilling to share with others.

The traditional musical instruments of West Java

The various musical instruments of the province of Bandang city also demand attention so that their existence can be maintained and preserved. Some musical instruments may have similarities with other fields, this is natural given the adjacent VilayaH and similar cultures.   Here’s an example of traditional Western Javanese music:

  1. Crinding

There are two types of crinding, i.e. for men and women. For men, bamboo will be used as a basic material, palm trees will be used for crinding for women. The player must reach out to his hand hitting one side of himself to make a sound and blow it up at the same time.


  1. Calung

Calang is able to make melodious sounds and is often played in art performances. How to play it with the bat. This musical instrument is made from bamboo, both for the body and the beater.


  1. Flute

This traditional Sundani flute is usually  accompanied by the songs of Western Javanese. There are four to six holes to control the melody and produce a unique sound as it is made of bamboo.


  1. Harp

There are two types of harps, named Indang and Rinkik. The lyre of the indang (parent) has 18-20 wires and large sizes. The instrument became the leader of the dilak (child) harp which was played as a filler for the pause between the notes of the indang harp.


  1. Celempung

The device relies on sound from inside the bamboo sticks to produce a sound that pleases the ear. In the areas of Selempung it is played at night during cultural performances.

Western Javanese Traditional Arts

In addition to songs originating from West Java, there are many other arts such as dance and art performances. One of these is a mask dance based on a folk tale about the Sunan Gunung race, the ruler of the city of Sirebon, when faced with the attack of Prince Velang.

There is also a Pasundan Peacock dance which the name itself indicates is inspired by the Peacocks. The dance will be accompanied by a gamellon and features many dancers performing beautifully and a slapstick. Peacock dancers always use the crown when I parliament ragakanya , Karen depicts the symbol of the peacock.

Have you ever heard of the art of Rengcong? This localKesinia N is a demonstration inspired by the processes of the Sundani people in sowing rice for harvesting. It was first published in 1964 at the Saanjhur Regency. Until now, it is still often played in cultural parks and other art performance venues.

There is also the art of collecting horses which is often held in the Java region and many other parts of Indonesia. Spectacular performances of horses are often played and watched by people. This art has a mysterious taste, because the dancer is a person who rides a wooden horse and then dances with drum beats.

Cultural performance venues in West Java

If you  want to listen to the singing of different songs from West Java, you can visit places wherecultural performances are held. There are many places that are often used as a place to perform folk songs and many other arts. These places are used as a place for the people of West Java to express their artistic expertise while maintaining the preservation of art.

One of the places you can visit is Taman Budaya which is located in Bukit Dagi Celaton. Locals and tourists can come to see art performances in the Western North region, from singing local songs, playing musical instruments to art performances.

There is always a special agenda for art performances every week which can be enjoyed by all the circles, even foreign tourists come to see how beautiful the culture of the country is. In addition to the local culture of West Java, a variety of other Indonesian regional arts are also exhibited.

You can also visit the Daya Sunda art context in the Taman Sari Bandang Zoo area. The venue usually features a variety of regional dances, martial arts performances, gamelans and other performances. At least 20 artistes are performing every week.


As a child of the nation that will determine the future of Indonesia, you need to love the national culture from your own region and other regions.  By knowing  various regional arts, musical instruments and Western Javanese songs, you can develop a love for the art and culture of the country.

Read More :