Modern Malay Rhythm Music Trend as Popular Culture in Indonesia, 1950-1960s: A Sociological Analysi

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Abstract

This article discusses the phenomenon of rhythmic music that was once a popular Malay in Indonesia around 1950s to 1960s. This article will look at from the sociological context of community and content of the lyrics contained in the modern Malay music. The goal is to find out how changes in the Malay music, why can be liked, what kinds of messages contained in the lyric, as well as any supporting characters. Other research uses cultural studies approaches and discourse analysis. Data taken from the document research related to Malay songs and various writings. One of the creations which are considered radical innovations is changing the Malay rhythm to “dangdut” rhythm. Hence, the appearance of several prominent modern Malay music-blooded Arab is very important. This shows that they have also directly contributed something meaningful to the people of Indonesia for the development of music in particular and Indonesia in general. Meanwhile, the results of this study can also be used to see the condition of Indonesian society that is undergoing a transition process of development and to review a popular culture phenomenon that has ever happened around the year 1950s to 1960s in Indonesia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTawarikh: International Journal for Historical Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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