Welcome back to Music Corner, a musical segment which introduces you to Indonesian music, either traditional or modern one. In today’s edition, we present the songs from South Kalimantan Province.
Every region in Indonesia has their own regional songs. Some of the songs are already popular in Indonesia, such as Ampar-Ampar Pisang from South Kalimantan. The Banjar song was composed by Hamiedan AC. This song is usually sung by children in the game. Ampar Ampar Pisang can be defined as spread bananas before drying. In ancient times, banana was one of the main foods in Banjar Kingdom. Bananas are usually processed into various foods, but previously the bananas are dried first. That’s a glance about the story of the song Ampar-Ampar Pisang.
This song is quite easy to remember with a carefree rhythm. Despite having simple lyrics, this song has deep meaning and full of moral messages. In Indonesia, Saputangan Babuncu Ampat means Four Handed Sweep Handkerchief.
In the society, human relationships are always adorned with conflict. However, the conflict often causes pain. As in the lyrics "Luka nang di tangan kawa di babat, luka nang di hati hancur sakali” means Wound on the hands can be bandaged, but the wound in the heart is difficult to cure. The song also has a positive massage to forgive each other. The song ‘Saputangan Babuncu Ampat’ has lyrics of old poems or pantun. Like most old poem, it is often made to convey certain messages.