Are you into Indonesian Progressive Folk music?! Well today is your lucky day!

Kelompok Kampungan was a band/project that had its origins in WS Rendra’s Bengkel Theatre, a famous theatrical group from the mid 70s. Bram Makahekum led this rather eclectic band, who in its full line-up featured 12 members and a lot of instruments including several traditional Indonesian folk instruments (like the gamelan and percussion instruments). The foundation very much had the possibility in refocusing folk, thanks to a song-writing setting towards a different and a more modern edge. Because of its bridging dynamics it attracted both a folk and a rock audience. One of the members, Areng Widodo also was part of the rock band Golden Wings, while most musicians were from the Indonesian Music Academy.

Strawberry Rain has just reissued this largely unknown album, which was originally banned by the Shuko Government. This very unique and rare album can be yours, through Light in the Attic records, and you shouldn’t wait as the release is limited to 700 copies on Vinyl!

The Details

One of the true gems of the Indonesian scene, this album stands to be one of the best, and also one of the most unique albums to come from the region. Banned by the Shuko government soon after release, it remains somewhat obscure to most collectors up until now. An album created by Bram Makahekum (who had no musical experience or training at all) Kelompok Kumpangan had multiple members trying to recreate the sounds of nature, even using original handmade instruments invented by the band themselves. The end result is nothing short of brilliant, one of our personal favorites from the region and an album that can’t really be compared to much else. Wonderful progressive folk of the highest caliber, we can’t stand behind this one enough.

Created by Bram Makahekum, (who had no musical experience or training at all) Kelompok Kumpangan had multiple members trying to recreate the sounds of nature, even using original handmade instruments invented by the band themselves. The end result is a wonderfully incomparable album that embodies progressive folk of the highest caliber.

LP limited to 700 copies housed in paste on covers.
Includes insert with photos and history written by Indonesian Music Journalist Denny Sakrie.
CD limited to 1,000 copies, and includes 4 bonus tracks previously only available on cassette.

Price $20



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