"Music of Indonesia, Vol. 12: Gongs and Vocal Music from Sumatra" - Various Artists

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Melodic gong ensembles and male singing with percussion are found throughout Sumatra. Two of each are heard here: West Sumatran talempong (in two contrasting forms): kulintang from Lampung, at the southern end of the island; the choral didong songs of the Gayo in Aceh; and Salawat dulang, competitive duet singing from west Sumatra that surprisingly uses popular songs as a vehicle for commenting on points of Islamic doctrine.