Traditional Malay Music Heritage Dondang Sayang

Did you know that Dondang Sayang is traditional Malay music heritage in Melaka? This music is still echoing on the radio station and at parties. Read here for more information about the best destinations in Malaysia.

Traditional Malay Music Heritage Dondang Sayang Summary

  • Attraction: Traditional Malay Music Heritage Dondang Sayang
  • Location: Melaka Malaysia
  • Attraction Type: Attraction in Malaysia

Traditional Malay Music Heritage Dondang Sayang Melaka

Traditional Malay Music Heritage Dondang Sayang literally love ballad, originated in Malacca sometime in the 15th century, influenced by traditional Portuguese folk music. A typical group is made up of 4 musicians who perform on the violin, 2 rebana and a gong or tetawak. The chief musician is usually the violinist who plays a primary role in dondang sayang, providing a counter melody to the vocal melody.

Musicians may switch instruments in between performances, but the violinist seldom does, although this is permitted. If there are musicians to spare, up to 5 rebana may be used. Sometimes, the rebana may be substituted by the tambour and barrel drum or even the kompang. Dondang Sayang, the music is slow, and a song usually consists of 32 bars, beginning with a violin introduction, with the rebana and then the gong entering, and the voice finally entering in bar 5. Its style is somewhat informal, and its lyrics usually consist of love poems. (Ahmad Usop 1984). The musical instruments may also be augmented with an accordion (Shafiee Ahmad 1992).

It is a traditional Malay form of entertainment where Baba and Nyonya singers exchange extemporaneous Malay Pantun (poetry), in a lighthearted and sometimes humorous style. The singers are normally accompanied by a violin, two Malay rebana (drums), and a tetawak (gong). These instruments are often supplemented by other available instruments, most notably, accordions, flutes, or an additional violin. It is also associated with the Ronggeng dance.

  1. Traditional Malays Music Heritage need to preserve.
  2. The melody is good for community bonding.
  3. Is still exist? Yes. Need new generation
  4. Originality from Melaka
  5. Malacca Heritage : Yes
  6. Tourism Industry : Yes

More Dondang Sayang Melaka

Menurut cerita nenek moyang, Dondang Sayang adalah sebuah muzik yang sangat meriah kerana terdapat dua orang penyanyi. Tiap-tiap penyanyi akan menyanyikan 1 rangkap pantun yang biasanya mengandungi 4 baris ayat. Bait-bait lirik yang terkandungi adalah berkisar mengenai gurau senda, perli memerli, usik mengusik dan juga menceritakan mengenai keindahan Negeri Melaka.

Bagi menghidupkan kembali irama muzik Dondang Sayang yang hampir hilang ditelan zaman, terdapat banyak pertandingan dan rancangan TV berkaitan irama ini supaya generasi baru tidak lupa. Dengan petikan biola yang shahdu membuatkan pendengar akan terusik jiwanya. Anda boleh juga mendengar lagu irama klasik Melayu di saluran YouTube dan media sosial. Marilah kita bersama-sama memastikan supaya irama Melayu tradisional tidak luput ditelan zaman. Irama tradisional Melayu Asli adalah khazanah agung yang kita harus pelihara.

*Credit: wikipedia.org, nordiyana.com

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Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Melaka Office
Aras 1
Kompleks Kementerian Pelancongan
Lebuh Ayer Keroh
75450 Melaka
Telephone: 06 231 8200
Fax: 06 231 1400

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