A Preliminary Exploration of How Sarawak Indigenous Popular Music Contributes to the Development of Sarawakian Identity

Collin, Jerome and Ting, Su Hie and Esther John, Perry and Connie Lim, Keh Nie (2023) A Preliminary Exploration of How Sarawak Indigenous Popular Music Contributes to the Development of Sarawakian Identity. In: 2 nd Cyberjaya International Conference on Education, Management, Engineering, Social Sciences and Society 2023 (CICEMESS 2023), 29 April 2023, Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

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This study aimed to investigate the role of Sarawak indigenous popular music (SIPM) in shaping the identity of Sarawakians at personal, social, local, and regional levels. Using a mixed-method approach that included an online survey and face-to-face interviews, the research examined how SIPM was perceived by Sarawakians and how it contributed to the creation of their unique identity.The findings revealed that respondents identified SIPM as music that is sung or performed in Sarawak indigenous languages, incorporates musical elements of ethnic groups in Sarawak, portrays indigenous lifestyles and cultures, and represents identities of indigenous groups in Sarawak. The study also found that SIPM played a significant role in creating the Sarawakian identity, which symbolizes the state’s diversity, distinctiveness, and harmony through its lyrics, rhythm, beat, and musical activities or engagements it generated. The study’s implications suggest that indigenous popular music has a more extensive impact on shaping people’s identity beyond their indigenous consciousness. Further research could build on these findings to explore the potential of indigenous popular music in creating a sense of identity among diverse communities worldwide.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous, Popular Music, Identity, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Jerome
Date Deposited: 09 May 2023 01:10
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2023 03:12
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/41785

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