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MALAY DANCE

 

Traditional Malay dances are incredibly diverse due to local ethnic mixes and regional influences.

 

A traditional dance accompanied by lively music might also be arranged for visitors during their stay in the kampung. Resplendently attired in their colourful costumes, villagers mesmerise visitors with their fluid style of dancing, which is performed to the beat of traditional musical instruments.   The excitement begins with the villagers performance. You will be encourage to participate as well, learning the fast-paced but simple dance steps. After a little practice you will be synchronising your moves easily to the beat of the music. Although they are several types of cultural performances in in each kampung, the type of dance and music differ, as each state has its own unique offerings.

 

The most upbeat and popular form of traditional dance is the joget dance.  Normally performed at joyous occasions like weddings, the joget dance involves pairs of men and women performing swift and graceful movements. It is traditionally accompanied by a gamelan orchestra, which includes instruments like the violin, rebana and gong.  It is relatively easy to learn the basic steps, and you will soon be enjoying this dance too. The other commonly performed dance is the makyong.  It primarily involves female dancers in a folk dance and drama.  This ancient court entertainment combines romance, humour and operatic singing.

 

Under dim lighting, flickering candle flames seemingly dance in harmony with the music. This is the tarian lilin (candle dance). Holding little saucers, dancers with lit candles execute their moves with agility, inverting the saucers without extinguishing the flames. This unique dance originated from the state of Negeri Sembilan.   Popular in Homestay villages in the state of Johor, kuda kepang is another exciting and hypnotic traditional dance, which involve a group of nine men riding two-dimensional horses made of hide or pleated rattan.

 

The dance depicts the early battles fought by nine Javanese men as they help spread the influence of Islam in the region. Whatever the north or south, east coast or west coast, a Homestay visit offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture.

 
 

TRADITIONAL MALAY MUSIC & INSTRUMENT

The traditional musical instruments of Malaysia are varied as each community has its own popular instruments.

 

The rhythm of the drums could either mean that a wedding was taking place, help was needed, or a battle was forthcoming, among others. The seruling is a flute-like instrument made of bamboo.  There are several designs with varying number of holes to alter the musical pitch. The serunai is a reed wind instrument with holes at the top plus one at the bottom, and it is blown in a circular breathing method, ensuring the continuity of the music. An essential component of any Malay folk ensemble is the gong, a widely used musical instrument that is round in shape and made of brass. It normally comes in a family of various sizes and numbers. Most Homestay villages have this musical instrument, and with a little help visitors are able to play a tune within minutes.

 

Our cultural dancers are accompanied by a variety of traditional musical instruments. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to the instruments being played and also try them out. One of this is the kompang. A hand-beaten frame drum played in ensembles, the kompang, is probably the most common percussion instrument in Malaysia. It is used during religious occasions, festivals and weddings. One can play it while seated, standing or walking in a procession. A giant drum from the state of Kelantan, the rebana ubi is made from hollow logs and covered with buffalo hide. It is typically cone-shaped and measures about one metre high. Historically, the drums were used as means of communication.

 
 
 

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