A specific music from Java
a traveler visiting Java, in Central Java or in Jakarta, sometimes he /
she hears a music with special beat , it's so melodious, romantic. The
music instruments are western but played in a special way which can not
be found in any other part of the world.
of the famous song is Bengawan Solo (River Solo), composed by Solonese
senior artist Mr. GESANG. Bengawan Solo is not heard only in Solo or
Indonesia, but its popularity has crossed the border to other countries
of South East Asia & Japan . This is " The classic" of Kroncong
music . Nowadays , Kroncong still has its valuable place in the world of
music entertainment performed in front of the audience, in the
television & radio.
The origin of Kroncong Music
music had been first played around the year 1600 AP . Some people say
that it was a modification or influenced by portuquese music.
Mr. Andjar Any, the president of Hamkri (Association of Indonesia Kroncong Artists) Solo branch, categorically says that Kroncong music is purely Indonesian.
The 61 year-old artist, a journalist strongly supports his theory. In
his profession he has traveled around the world and he did not found any
music similar to Kroncong even in Portugal or its ex colony. It is a
that our people saw the European played their music with western music
instruments hundreds years ago in the old days, the Kroncong had its
root in Jakarta with its Kroncong Tugu (Tugu is a village in the coast
of Jakarta) & Central Java.
He had composed more than 2000 songs, among other the famous Yen ing Tawang ana lintang
(If there are stars in the sky), known by almost Javanese people, as
it is in Javanese language. Many of his songs have been sung also in
English & Mandarin. Although he has not been asked for approval, he
does not mind, he is happy if others could enjoy his composition.
The present Kroncong
the development, it is quite understandable if Kroncong has a deep
root in Yogyakarta & Central Java, it can live in harmony side by
side with Javanese gamelan music. In fact Kroncong & Gamelan , they
have similarity in their rules of composition.
Kroncong music has push highly some stars of Kroncong such as :
Senior singers of Solo & Yogya, Mrs. Surip with her sparkling ball
eyes, Mrs Any Landau, Sapari , S. Darmanto, Ismanto, Bram Aceh and from
the younger generation such as Waljinah with her song " Walang Kekek",
Mini Satria, Sundari Sukoco, Wiwiek Sumbogo, Mus Mulyadi etc.
Keroncong music sometimes mixed with other instruments & beats.
The compursari music : combining Kroncong & gamelan music
instruments innovated by a senior artist , MR, MANTHOUS of Gunung
Kidul, Yogyakarta, is now very popular.
Kroncong songs are also sometimes played with REGGAE or DANGDUT beats.
According to Andjar Any , this development is not destructive, it is a
process, it is a proof that kroncong has a place in the heart of