It's Friday night. Let's have dinner in Arab street, and have a chat in Bahasa. After that, we head down to Bussorah Mall, to watch an hour session of Gamelan performance (for free), organized by the Malay Heritage Centre.
Photo credits: tracking-around.blogspot.com
Gamelan is the music of Indonesia (pronounced Gah-Meh-Lahn). Gamelan orchestras are usually percussion oriented, but some varieties may feature flutes, bowed and plucked strings, or vocalists in a prominent role. Many different islands, or regions within islands, have their own unique Gamelan instruments and traditions.
The word Gamelan comes from the ancient roots "gambel" (Bali) and "gamel" (Java). Gambel means to play, musically. Most Indonesian languages define gambel as to make a sound by striking or playing a musical instrument, such as a gong or a drum (in Indonesian Pukul Bunyi Bunyi. Bunyi means to sound. It also means to ring, to blow, or to pronounce. In other words, to make a desired and intentional sound.) However, earlier languages, such as Kawi in Bali and Jawa Kuno in Java, also define the term as to handle or hold, as a musician handles an instrument or a worker handles a tool.
The root word gamel is no longer used in modern Indonesian languages and gamelan has come to officially mean "an Indonesian orchestra." - source http://www.balibeyond.com/gamelan.html
Come and join me, if you want to chill together at night. :)
See you soon.