The Birth of Iban Popular Song in the 1960s

Lim, Connie Keh Nie (2019) The Birth of Iban Popular Song in the 1960s. In: Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia. Department of Sabah Museum, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah, Sabah, Malaysia, pp. 195-197. ISBN 978-983-9638-36-3

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This paper examines the rise of Iban popular music from the 1960s after the establishment of Iban radio broadcast under Radio Sarawak. The Iban is the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sarawak and the Iban radio station in 1954 disseminated information to the Iban. The Iban radio station also become one of the most important platforms for Iban popular songs to reach young urban Iban youth who were eager to create a form of Iban songs that to responded to modernity. In this paper I ask the following questions: who were the urban elite that contributed to the rise of Iban popular song? How did their songs reflect both the new nation and modernity for Iban? What themes emerged in song lyrics that related to a shared history for Sarawakians?

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Iban popular song, Radio Sarawak, 1960s, ethnic group, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2019 00:48
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2019 00:48

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