Java has a strong tradition of traveling buskers, dancers, puppeteers and storytellers. Jack Body spent two years recording street music in Yogyakarta during the late ’70s:
These songs are Javanese, rearticulated ’60s pop, Bollywood, gamelan, street aphorisms, laments and exaltations. The singer carried her small baby in a selendhang wound around her shoulders. The guitarist stops mid song to roll a cigarette. The group attempts to sell its instruments. You weren’t meant to hear this song but it is everything.
Get the whole lot on Mississippi Records.