Di Nagara Deungeun

from The Best of the Indonesian Sessions by Colin Bass



From the album: 'So La Li'. This song is in the Sundanese (West Java) language, from a traditional poem. As often in Sundanese poetry it deals with homesickness. The title translates as 'In a Foreign Country'. The song translates as:
Don't be annoyed when treated unkindly. Don't be anxious when no-one visits you. Reconcile yourself to it, resign yourself, for you are living in a foreign country. Suddenly there is brightness in the dark; it is like the morning star. Mount Puyuh forms the southern border. Mount Salak forms the eastern border. Mount Pangrango is in the centre. Mount Galungan lies behind us. Whose boat is that along the coast. Rapidly the wind blows it out to sea, farther and farther. Its pennant is waving, it waves as though it were sad.
- thanks to Prof. Wim van Zanten for the translation.


from The Best of the Indonesian Sessions, released December 23, 2015
Colin Bass: accoustic guitar, electric bass, vocals/ Ismet Ruchimat: kacapi (Javanese zither)/ Ben Mandelson: lap-steel guitar/ Asep Maung: suling (bamboo flute)/ Agus Supriaman: khendang drums/ Zinner: khendang drums


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Over a five-decade career Colin Bass has worked in a wide range of musical styles with a diverse range of international artists. Bassist and singer with prog-rock veterans Camel since 1979, he was also a key figure in World Music pioneers, 3 Mustaphas 3, and has toured and/or recorded with artists such as Oumou Sangare, Steve Hillage, Debashish Bhattacharya a.o. Discover his own works here! ... more

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