Tembang Sunda - Sudanese Classical Songs
Sundanese Classical Songs are unique in Indonesia. They are part of the very rich musical repertoire of the province of West Java, inhabited by about 35 million people, comprising the second largest Indonesian ethnic group and about a third of the Javanese population. They are sung texts, from Hindo-Buddhistic times and from the beginning of Islamization. The manuscripts are from the 16th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The delicate wonder of Sudanese music is represented here with the simple combination of zither, flute, and voice. The liner notes include translations of some beautiful poetry, and the recording is crisp and bright. Tim Sheridan, www.allmusic.com