Turning Javanese

If, like many Americans, your knowledge of Indonesia is only slightly greater than your knowledge of advanced quantum mechanics, and if your vague perceptions of the country with the world's largest Muslim population are in need of shattering, a trip to Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, on Tuesday, November 27, may do the trick.

Aside from coffee, the quintet known as Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation is quite possibly the Indonesian island of Java's finest export. In what is perhaps one of the most intriguing amalgamations of modern music-making, the crew blends Javanese poetry, traditional gamelan ensemble timbres, and western hip-hop beats to create a sound entirely their own. That makes them, without a doubt, the forebears of a genre that you probably never thought you'd see in print: Indonesian Hip-hop.


Tue., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2012
 
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