Negotiation and hybridity in new Balinese music

Sanggar Bona Alit, a case study

Authors

  • Manolete Mora University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts, School of Humanities (Music)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v12i1.45

Keywords:

new Balinese music, hybridity, sanggar

Abstract

Writers and scholars have often interpreted the Balinese as struggling to exist in two worlds - the traditional and the modern. Many Balinese, however, tend to see themselves as attempting to negotiate foreign culture and to manage the far-reaching transformations that have taken place in their world. Moreover, Balinese conceptions and expressions of their contemporary world are not homogenous and artists have responded in a variety of ways. The case of Sanggar Bona Alit, a studio for the teaching and performance of music and dance founded by Alit Adi Putra - musician, composer, and painter - shows how creative productions may be shaped by processes of cultural negotiation that occur at the conceptual boundaries between the familiar and the foreign, the inside and outside, and the traditional and the modern.

Author Biography

Manolete Mora, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts, School of Humanities (Music)

Manolete Mora is Associate Professor and Convener of the Bachelor of Music program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His principal research interests are indigenous and popular musics of the Philippines. His research interests also extend to the gamelan gong kebyar from Bali, and ritual dance music among the Dagaaba of Ghana. He has published widely in musicological and anthropological journals and has produced CDs for Rykodisc and UNESCO.

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Published

2011-09-23

How to Cite

Mora, M. (2011). Negotiation and hybridity in new Balinese music: Sanggar Bona Alit, a case study. Perfect Beat, 12(1), 45–68. https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v12i1.45

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