Revitalising the musical arts of Indonesia’s Lampung province

Neglected indigenous peoples are emerging around the world, raising questions about how to overcome their stigmatisation and lack of opportunity. This ethnographic project aims to document how and to what extent one Indigenous group in the post-Suharto era of regional autonomy in Indonesia is improving its status through affirmative political action based on its traditional musical arts, philosophy and Islamic beliefs. With a novel ethnomusicological methodology it will delineate the stylistic identity of their traditional, new and popular musical arts and youth culture, and will theorise about the changing meanings of culture and Islam among this marginalised people.

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Margaret Kartomi; Bart Barendregt; Rina Martiara
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance