Founded in 1995, Suarasama, a Sumatran group led by composer Irwansyah Harahap forms most of the songs around stringed instruments and plays three – guitar, oud (a.k.a. ‘ud), and a Malay lute called a gambus. Many of the songs feature female singer Rianthony Hutajulu. They plays contemporary music, exploring conceptually or instrumentally the sounds of African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Sufi, Pakistani, Easter European and Southeast Asian traditions. Fajar di Atas Awan (Dawn over the Clouds) was originally recorded by Philip Yampolsky in 1997, towards the end of his work on Smithsonian Folkways’s Music of Indonesia series. And now, re-released by Drag City, the tag world music is now a free-folk. Highly recommended.
Suarasama - Fajar di Atas Awan