Dabôh (Arabic: dabus, awl) stage performance : AV 13.2

2017-06-02T07:09:02Z (GMT) by Kartomi, Margaret J. Amir, Iwan Dzulvan
AV13.2 Audiovisual Example 2 in Chapter 13 of book: Margaret Kartomi, ‘Musical Journeys in Sumatra’, Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. For male participants at the Festival of Acehnese Dance and Oboes and based on traditional village performances of the dabôh genre. The two lead dancers formally greet the two kalipah (spiritual leaders) as the solo vocalist sings and the cross-legged seated men play their rapa’i frame drums, after which the clip shows the dancers stabbing themselves with an awl, with no pain felt or wounds received due to their believed religious concentration. Meanwhile the singers sing the most beautiful names of Allah, the prophet Muhammad, and other prophets. The group, named Sanggar Aceh Barat Daya, was led by Bp M Johar of Blangpidie. These recordings of traditional Acehnese music and dance were made during Margaret Kartomi’s Australia Research Council-funded field trip to the Festival Tari dan Seuruné Kalée (Festival of Dance and Oboes) in Lhokseumawe, North Aceh, Indonesia, 28 February- 2 March 2003. Margaret Kartomi was invited to record at the Festival by the Bupati (district head) of North Aceh, Bp Tarmizi Karim and Bp Noerdin Daood, lecturer in Acehnese dance in the Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ), who was a member of the jury. She was accompanied by her husband, Mas Kartomi, and Monash PhD ethnomusicology alumnus, Iwan Dzulvan Amir. Camera by Iwan Dzulvan Amir. Recorded by permission of the Bupati of North Aceh, Bp Tarmizi Karim, and his appointed artist and 2003 festival organiser - Bp Rizal, on behalf of the troupes who performed in the Festival. Copyright 2003. Margaret J. Kartomi. Camera by Iwan Dzulvan Amir