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123. Bengawan Solo (Gesang Martohartono)

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Published on May 1, 2007

Written in 1940 about Java's longest river, this is the best known of all Indonesian songs. It is the song I have in reserve when I travel in Indonesia and other Malay-speaking countries. Many times, while taking an evening stroll, I have been invited to join a group of young people sitting around with a guitar or two. Inevitably I will be asked to sing a song. If they want an English song I sing something simple like "Wooden Heart", but I usually end up singing "Bengawan Solo", which they always know. I have also sung it on a Pelni ship, with full backing of the ship's band - quite a novel experience.

I was honored to know that this video was shown on Indonesian television after the death of Gesang Martohartono.

Lyrics and chords of this song can be found here: http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com/pa...

You can see a playlist of my songs from Asia, Africa and the Middle East here:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list...

For lyrics and chords of all my songs, please see my website:
http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com

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