The 50th anniversary of the Korea Yodel has been completed successfully.


▶  Kim Hong-chul, the father of Korea Yodel


▶  50th anniversary festival of the Korea Yodel have been held in Muido, Incheon, KR


▶ The Celebration Video of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean Yodel


▶ The Celebration Video of the 40th Anniversary of the Korean Yodel Federation


▶ Epilogue


the Programs of the 2018 World Yodel Day Night Party

 Chapter 1 – Creative yodel parade of the Korean yodelers

[ Alps- YodleFriends]


1) U. Yo. Joy – That’s Why We Love Yodel 

-Words and Music by Kang Dong-hye
-Performance by Kang Dong-hye(Keyboard), Park-Jea-hong(Guitar)
-Song by Lim Young Jae, Kim Do Ih, Lee Su Yeong, Kim Yoon Jin, Kim Myeong Eun, Sim Min Seo

What’s the characters of the teachers and friends? Can I study well like my sisters? Can I sing good yodeling also?

This song contains the joy and excitement of ordinary elementary school students who are turning a new semester.

2) Arirang Yodel

–  Korean Folk song / arrangement by Lee Eun-Kyong & Kang Dong-hye
–  Performance by Kang Dong-hye(Keyboard), Han Jung-hwa (Gayagum), Park Jea-hong(Janggu), Lim Jea-hong(Drum)
–  Song by Lim Young Jae, Kim Do Ih, Lee Su Yeong, Kim Yoon Jin, Kim Myeong Eun, Sim Min Seo

Arirang is the representative folk song in Korea. Alps-yodle friends sing it as their feelings with yodel

3) You & I

– Words and Music by Kang Dong-hye
–  Performance by Kang Dong-hye(Keyboard), Han Jun-hwa(Gayagum), Park Jea-hong(Janggu), Lim Jea-hong(Drum)
– Song by Lim Young Jae, Kim Do Ih, Lee Su Yeong, Kim Yoon Jin, Kim Myeong Eun, Sim Min Seo

‘You & I’ won a gold medal of the UNI MUSIC LACE 2017, hosted by the Ministry of Unification of Korea.

Seya-seya, the traditional folk song of the introduction is a song that both sing in North and South Korea. It eventually makes us realize that the two Koreas are the same people.

They say : sing together, share to delicious food and make beautiful memories all together! Because You & I are best buddy!



1)A Beautiful Yodel

– Words and Music by Lee Jae-dong
– Song & performance by Jeon Dar-eun(Accordion), Woo Ji-yeon(Accordion), Lee Jae-dong(Guitar), Kim Hyo-bin(Bass), Hwang Sea-dong(Cajon)

It’s a lovely song, the song say to all person who will share their hands together and sing!

It is a good song to sing together with shaking a glass of beers.

2)lifelong friendship

– Words and Music by Lee Jae-dong
– Song & performance by Jeon Dar-eun(Accordion), Woo Ji-yeon(Accordion), Lee Jae-dong(Guitar),Kim Hyo-bin(Bass), Hwang Sea-dong(Cajon)

This song say about friendship, a song that reminds of memories with friends and promises to be better friends with each other.

3)The harmony

– Words and Music by Lee Jae-dong
– Song & performance by Jeon Dar-eun(Accordion), Woo Ji-yeon(Accordion), Lee Jae-dong(Guitar), Kim Hyo-bin(Bass), Hwang Sea-dong(Cajon)

This song is an experimental joyful song that progressively accumulates chords as it repeats the verse as if it were a turning song.



1)Yodel Lady

– Words and Music by Kwon No Hea Man
– Song & performance by Eun-bee Moon(Accordion), Jeon Su-been (Accordion), Lee Ji-eun(Guitar), Lee Han-gyeol(Guitar), Tak Hyun-kyoung(Bass)

Until now, the main materials of the Korean yodel-lyrics have been expressed of the natural materials such as forests, flowers, streams, and villages.

‘Yodel Lady’ broke away from the traditional style that made by concentrating on the yodelers, so that song’s main character is the yodeler.

In addition, ‘Yodel Lady’ is the title song of the same named yodeling band.

Enjoy the refreshing yodelings of five fairies!

2) Secret Valley

– Words and Music by Kwon No Hea Man
– Song & performance by Eun-bee Moon(Accordion), Jeon Su-been (Accordion), Lee Ji-eun(Guitar), Lee Han-gyeol(Guitar), Tak Hyun-kyoung(Bass)

This song is a fairy tales for adults.

Anyone who have their own secret valley in their heart, and all of them have their common memories of playing with friends as a child.

As time passed, everything changed, the road to pass turned away and the tall pine tree disappeared, but the secret valley always calls me “hurrah~”, and when I call yodel in the secret valley, a rainbow come up to the sky.

3) Ice Bell-Flowers in Daegwallyeong

– Words and Music by Kwon No Hea Man
– Song & performance by Eun-bee Moon(Accordion), Jeon Su-been (Accordion), Lee Ji-eun(Guitar),Lee Han-gyeol(Guitar), Tak Hyun-kyoung(Bass)

General Koreans think of yodel, they come up with words such as Alps, Switzerland, Alpine-Rose, Berne, Edelweiss.

Daegwallyeong, Gangwon Province, is called as the Alps in Korea.

This place has a beautiful ranch that is hard to see in Korea.

Here, the five fairies are trying to convey the gleaming echoes of the Ice bell- flowers to the whole world.

Special video of Kim Hong-chul, the father of Korean yodel.

[Kim Hong-chul, Father of the Korean Yodel]



– Words and Music by W. Lesle / Korean lyric by Kim Hong-chul
– Song by Kim Hong-chul
– Performance by Kang Dong-hye(Accordion), Koo Hyun-mo(Guitar),Lee Jea-dong(Bass)

This song was one of the representative songs of Kim Hong-chul, the father of Korea Yodel. It was released in Daesung Records in 1981.

It is a masterpiece of Korean yodeling that many Korean yodelers are still enjoying with sophisticated lyrics and splendid yodeling.

2)Happy-way to the mountain

– Words and Music by Lee Jeong-hoon
– Song by Kim Hong-chul
– Performance by Kang Dong-hye(Accordion), Koo Hyun-mo(Guitar),Lee Jea-dong(Bass)

This song made by Lee Jeong-hoon, Korean mountaineer, for mountain-song, and then Kim Hong-chul put on yodeling. Eventually it became one of the famous yodel in Korea.

Composed of relatively easy yodel, anyone can enjoy yodeling and singing in chorus from many Korean yodeling clubs.

It recorded by Oasis Label on 1977, 4th album of Kim Hong-chul.

3)For the Happiness

– Words and Music by Kim Hong-chul
– Song by Kim Hong-chul
– Performance by Kang Dong-hye(Accordion), Koo Hyun-mo(Guitar),Lee Jea-dong(Bass)

The lyrics of this song have a variety of emotions, such as a beautiful gaze of nature, a recollection of the frailty of life, and a desire to find true happiness.

We guess, it look seem the sincerity of Kim Hong-chul as a singer.

It recorded by Oasis Label on 1979, 5th album of Kim Hong-chul.

Intermission  – Echorus Ad

Chapter2 – The performance of Kerry Christensen

[케리크리스턴슨 Kerry Christensen]

– Interpreter: Min-ji Cho

1)Am Morgen
– Originated by Austria
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen

2)William Tell Overture (Mouth Trumpet)
– Music by Rossini
– Arrangement & Performance by Kerry Christensen

3)From Bergen I long for Tirol
– Music by Rolf Syversen / Lyrics by Jens Book Jensen
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen

4)Appenzeller Yodel
– Originated by Franzl Lang
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen

5)Tennessee Banjo Yodel
– American Country Classic
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen

6)Tirolean Show Offs Yodel
– Originated by Franzl Lang
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen

7)Ghost Riders in the Sky
– Lyric by Stan Jones
– Originated by Vaughn Monroe
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen

8 )Ku Ku Yodel
– Originated by Peter Hinnen
– Arrangement & Song & Performance by Kerry Christensen


  • Ha Dong-wook, Chief Manager
  • Nam Sang-woo, Stage Director
  • Special video for the 50th Anniversary of the Korean Yodel.

Chapter3 – Yodel Chorus

  • Ach wie churze üsi Tage(When the sunset falls on the mountain)

– Music by F. O Schmalz & J. R. Krenger
– English Translate by Bächli / Korean by Kim Jang-gil
– Conduct by Song Mi-jin
– Song by Korean yodelers

This song is a romantic depiction of the old form of Switzerland where cowboy pulled the cows and went to Alp to endure the winter.

This song made jointly by J. R Krenger, a teacher in Interlaken, and F. O Schmalz, who played a leading role in the creation of the federation of Swiss federations(EJV).

In Korea, this song was premiered in 1979 as a joint performance between the Swiss Bänziger Choir and the Korean Yodel Club, since this song is one of the most popular yodel- choir in Korean Yodeling clubs.

  • Bärgchilbi-Jutz(Mountain party Jutz) 

– Music by Adolf Stähli
– Conduct by Song Mi-jin
– Song by Korean yodelers

‘Bärgchilbi-Jutz was created by Adolf Stähli, one of the founding members of the Swiss federation(EJV) and a famous Swiss composer. This is a Jodellied based on the Naturjodel in Bern, also widely sang throughout Switzerland. ‘Bärgchilbi’ means a festival on the mountain.

  • Yodel Day 

– Music by Excellent Soo
– English Lyric by Kerry Christensen
– Song by Korean yodelers

‘Yodel Day’ was born on 8th August 2015 by a Korean popular music composer named Excellent Soo.

‘Yodel Day’ is an official song of World Yodel Day.

In response to the many yodelers around the world, as of 8th August 2018, ‘Yodel Day’ sang in 10 languages including Korean, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Dutch, Cantonese, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Japanese.


We are now ending the 2018 World Yodel Day event.

2018 World Yodel Day is officially over.

Washington is now moving from August 8th to August 9th
8th August 2018 is now over in all parts of the world.

The start of the event began at midnight on 8th August(Korean time), so the events in Europe and Africa started after 8 hours and the World Yodel Day of the Americans was just finished.

The event started with the shoutings of ‘World Yodel Day’ with people from more than 30 countries around the world, and it seems to have been a pleasure to finish with various postings of various yodelers around the world.

From this year onwards, it is not improvised, but the number of yodelers who are ready and enjoying it together is gradually increasing, and it is necessary to study this kind of event that the yodelers all over the world are going to do well in the future.

World Yodel Day Night party 2018 will be held on the 27th August, but we will officially end 2018 World Yodel Day event now.


I will meet everyone next year ~ !!!




On 8 August 2018, for the anniversary of the 5th of the World Yodel Day, a new character is born.

37319911_10156570310564413_264692611044868096_nA new Dutch character  for the World Yodel Day is born, named ‘Ger’. It’s easy to pronounce as a [Gær] but you have to read it as ‘ [Hær]’, because he is from the Netherlands.

According to the original author, ‘Ger[Hær]’ is a typical Dutch name with a somewhat neutral feel.

What does ‘Ger’ have in his hand?

According to Daniel Hentschel, creator of  this new character,  the object which in the hand of ‘Ger’ is the Jew’s Harp.

This named, Khomus, traditional musical instrument of the Mongolian Throat-singing.

Daniel Hentschel was first touched on the Khoomei, oriental music and then rediscovered the Alpin “Yodel”, which is the music of their real ancestors!  In addition, he discovered more primitive yodels such as Juzz of the Muotathal, becomes aware of the appearance of Yodel as a common music of all humankind.

To him, Jew’s Harp is the most basic human musical instrument that can connect all mankind. In fact, this instrument is also called the first musical instrument of mankind, and it is also a basic instrument called 50 different names in various regions around the world. In addition, it is a musical instrument that is often recalled not only by traditional performances but also by blues, techno, or other avant-garde contemporary music.

Daniel Hentschel says:

“I think this instrument will be able to connect many people because it is the common root of all of us.”

What is this light coming out of Ger’s mouth?

This is a ‘rainbow’ that comes out of Ger’s mouth. The rainbow is a visual representation of the auditory yodelings.

A rainbow is a spectral phenomenon in which a large number of water droplets floating in the air are scattered by the prism action of the water drop itself when refraction on light.

Our yodeling , relatively severe “break” music will cause a lot of spectral phenomena. It is not just visualized by our human senses, but other creatures may be able to see it 🙂

There is also the famous ‘Rainbow Promise’ in the Bible. God tells the creatures that have survived the Flood: “I will make a promise with you, and I will never again destroy all living creatures by the flood. There will never again be a flood to sink the earth. ” And it is the rainbow that has risen to heaven as a token.

Did the survivors started yodeling to express gratitude for the rainbow they met for the first time? Maybe are we yodeling to make rainbows?

The ‘rainbow’ as a visual expression of Yodel seems so scientific and humane! I pay homage to Daniel Hentschel’s intuition ^^

What is the most universal rainbow?

Commonly known to us the colors of the rainbow are seven: red, green, blue, green, and purple. In fact, the first time this design was the common seven rainbow colors.


By the way, Do you know who first classified the 7 colors of the rainbow?

Isaac Newton did it!  He distinguished it according to the musical scale of 7 degrees.

In fact, the rainbow has different color criteria according to cultural areas. There are cultural areas that divide into six or five colors, or even a culture that divides into three colors. In other words, the rainbow is perceived differently by different cultures.

From here, we have to worry about the most common rainbow color that will symbolize the sound of yodels for all of us. In fact, the seven colors rainbow are so common. If some people did not consider it a rainbow, we thought it would be more universal to consider the position of those people.

So the choice is the traditional Asian five colors, and traditionally, Asia has divided the rainbow into these five colors.


Through this fairly complicated discussion we made a new Dutch character for Yodel Day.

All of us yodelers were the people who made this mysterious rainbow sound!!

In retrospect, it is not wrong. Remember the amazing facial expressions of those who first heard this weird sound!


I look forward to the day when Ger will yodeling and look forward to the visual imagination of yodel while watching the beautiful rainbow coming out of Ger’s mouth every time Ger will yodeling. FIN.

Today is the 5th World Yodel Day.


Finally, Today is the 5th World Yodel Day.

Wow! Today is such a special day!

In celebration of the World Yodel Day, a lot of people from more than 30 countries around the world screamed ‘World Yodel Day’.

Let’s start the 5th World Yodel Day with this special gift!

Participating countries –

UK, France, the Netherlands,Spain, Switzerland, Austria,
Germany, Norway, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey,Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia,Vietnam, Australia, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada,USA, Argentina, Brazil and Uganda


2018 World Yodel Day Night Party

’18 World Yodel Day Night-Party
-Subtitle: 50th Anniversary of the Korean Yodel.

Mon., AUG. 27- 2018. / TIME 6 P.M (Korean Time)

BAESAN, Seongsu-dong Cafe, Seoul

  Alps-YodleFriends, Alpinrose, Yodle-Ladies, Kim Hong-chul and Kerry Christensen.


-Chief Manager :  Ha Dong-wook
-Stage Director :  Nam Sang-woo
-Location Manager:  Kim Mi-sook
-Promoter/ MC :  peter Lim
-Interpreter :  Cho Min-ji

 It will broadcasting on air by YouTube, and this is the before World Yodel Day night party’s videos. 

◆ Broadcast timetable by major cities ◆

  • Auckland / Wellington : 10 pm 27th August
  • Sydney / Melbourne / Vladivostok : 9 pm 27th August
  • Seoul / Pyongyang / Tokyo : 8 pm 27th August
  • Beijing / Taipei / Hanoi/ Hochimihnh/ Manila / Singapore / Kuala Lumpur/ Ulaanbaatar / Hong Kong / Macao : 7 pm 27th August
  • Bangkok / Phnom Penh / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh / Jakarta /
    Yangon(+30) : 6 pm 27th August
  • New Delhi / Dhaka / Colombo: 5 pm 27th August
  • Teheran / Astana / : 4 pm 27th August
  • Baghdad / Tbilisi / Abu Dhabi / Riyadh / Doha : 3 pm 27th August
  • Moscow / Bracrest / Sophia/ Athens/ Istanbul/
  • Cairo / Cape Town : 2 pm 27th August
  • Paris / Stockholm / Amsterdam / Brussels / Wien / Bern/ Berlin /
  • Rome/ Warszaw : 1 pm 27th August
  • London / Dublin / Oslo / Madrid / Lisbon / Rabat : Noon 27th August
  • Buenos Aires / Rio de Janeiro / Montevideo : 8 am 28th August
  • New York / Philadelphia / Washington / Detroit / Havana : 7 am 28th August
  • Chicago / New Orleans / Mexico City / Lima : 6 am 28th August
  • Salt Lake City / Phoenix / Tucson / Calgary / Edmonton : 5 am 28th August
  • Los Angeles / Las Vegas / Seattle / Toronto : 4 am 28th August


Yodel has appeared in Chinese movie !!


Chinese movie named ‘Hello Mr. Billionaire’ was released on July 27th 2018.

Finally, there was a Chinese movie in Yodel , our friends Lu-Tong sang this movie interlude with yodel.

Lu Tong陆通 is the unique Chinese yodeler, who designed ‘2018s Yodel Stamp also.
2018s Yodel Stamp , designed by Lu Tong


 The Arrogant 膨胀

     – the movie interlude of the ‘Hello Mr. Billionaire西虹市首富’

Sung by Lù tōng(陆通)
Music by Akiyama Sayuri / Lyric by Zhōu pǐn(周品) & Akiyama Sayuri
Produced by  Péng fēi(彭飞)
Banjo: Liúlěi(刘磊) / Violin: Péng fēi(彭飞)
Recording Room : Kong studios Beijing / Recording Engineer: Xièzhìfēng(谢志锋)
Mixing Room : Big J studio / Mixing Engineer : Zhào jìng(赵靖)


我想飞到天上去 I want to fly to the sky.
去呀去放羊 Go shepherding and shepherding.
Give me dearest sheep some flowers of marshmallow to eat.

我想站在海面上 I want to stand upon the sea,
捞一个大月亮 fetching a big moon
and putting it up to the roof, the moon shining and brightening.

我想任性我就任性 I want to do whatever I want to do;
我想倔强我也能倔强 I want to be tough and I can be tough.
看你们谁能把我怎么样 See what you can do to me.

我想不彷徨就不彷徨 I don’t want to wander, and I surely don’t ;
我想不迷惘就不迷惘 I’m not lost and I’m surely not.
还有什么比这让人更膨胀 What else can make people’s ego more boost?


我要坐在山顶上 I want to sit on the mountain top,
听风儿歌唱 listening to the wind singing.
When the cloud departs, and the suns arrives, the first beam of the sun shines on my face.

我要独自去流浪 I’m going stray alone,
走路去远方 walk to somewhere far.
走不动了我一点都不慌张 When I get too tired to walk, I will not panic.

我想任性我就任性 I want to do whatever I want to do;
我想倔强我也能倔强 I want to be tough and I can be tough.
看你们谁能把我怎么样 See what you can do to me.

我想不彷徨就不彷徨 I don’t want to wander, and I surely don’t ;
我想不迷惘就不迷惘 I’m not lost and I’m surely not.
还有什么比这让人更膨胀 What else can make people’s ego more boost?


还有什么比这让人更膨胀 What else can make people’s ego more boost?


Lu Tong tells me , this is a comic movie in which a poor person suddenly gets rich.

Oh! This movie is in 1st place in Chinese box office of August 1, 2018 !!


I hope this movie is well informed so that Yodel can be informed more widely in China!

Finally Yodel appeared in Chinese movie!!  that’s great!


Pet Panomrungเพชร พนมรุ้ง,King of the Cowboy Song of Thailandราชาเพลงโห่คาวบอยของเมืองไทย, passed away 12 June 2018.

Now, There are a lot of country singers in Thailand mourn him.


A lot of country fan and singers in Thailand prayed for his recovery and performed a concert for his hospital expenses, although he passed away on June 12 at 4:15 pm. I could hear the news through my Thai friends.



Perhaps he is not familiar with yodelers around the world.  But he is probably the first yodeler in Thailand. In fact, I have been to Thailand to see him in May of this year. But I could not meet him because suddenly he was sick.

I do not know him well.  So I do not know if I can tell his death to yodelers around the world.  Anyway I have at least some obligation to inform yodelers around me that this great yodeler was in Thailand. He has left, but his yodel will be eternal.


ธรรมชาติบ้านนาThammachart Baanna( Nature of rice farming villages or Thai country vilages) written by  Hong Thong and Chanchai Bao bung Sorn


“ลูกทุ่งเสียงทองLook Tung Saeng Thong(Golden sound country guy)

Muea Chan  Kad Thur(When I miss her)
wrote by Chaichana Boonnachote

Ya Kou  Jone (Don’t affraid to be poor)- wrote by Payong Mukda, Klai  Kum (Near evening) written by Chumpol  Srinoul


อินเดียนจ๋าIndian Ja (Indian please) written by Wallop Chuenjaichon

World Yodel Day is going to ship 2018s Yodel Stamp.

‘World Yodel Day’ has been producing Yodel Stamps since 2013 and sending them to yodelers around the world.

the First Yodel Stamp designed by Min-sung Park, Korean yodeler on 2013s

The Yodel Stamp has so far been designed by five different yodelers in each of the five countries and sent their yodel story to Yodelers around the world.

And yodelers around the world who have received letters, sharing their authentic shots through World Yodel Day Facebook Page. All we have been doing these events for five years.  I think this is a bit strange and foolish, but all the yodelers around the world were able to rejoice together once a year through the Yodel Stamp.

Some Yodelers also sent a video of joy.

In fact, I had been trying to stop this Yodel Stamp event from this year. This is because World Yodel Day, which had been in progress since 2015, could not find a suitable sponsor and could not do it in 2018. Despite the difficulties, however, World Yodel Day will be  held this year. And the method seems to be more online oriented.

And this year the Yodel Stamp will be made and the Yodel Letter will be shipped to yodelers all over the world. This year you will be able to meet the mysterious Yodeling story of Lu Tong, Chinese yodeler.

If you would like to receive Yodel Letter 2018 with Yodel Stamp, please send your address as before : or Peter Lim’s Facebook messengers.

receiving the letter, you just need to upload your authentic shots of pleasure to World Yodel Day Page as before. This is all your duty. This year, especially on August 8 World Yodel Day, I hope to share the joy of everyone’s happy yodeling shots@

When one small act collects, we all get to enjoy,  And we all live elsewhere, but we can all feel that all of us are the same yodel-lovers.

If you’re ready to go, enjoy the 2018s Yodel Stamp together !!!

p.s 1 :

This is 2017s Yodel Letter of Canadian yodeler Kim Beggs who designed the Yodel Stamp.

p.s 2 :   Yodel Letter is free of charge, but if you make a small donation for this event, I will be receive it happily. If you want it, send messenger or mail to

Dondong, a Dangerous Yodeling vocalizations of Sumatra

I met Dondong, a yodel-like vocalization, at Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia – more precisely the city of Pekanbaru and Kampar .

The title of this video is called ‘Svara Jiva’, made by four different Indonesian folk music vocalization from the Riau area. Svara Jiva named by Sanskrit, when translate into Indonesian, becomes Suara Jiwa, means “voice of the soul”. In addition, Suara Jiwa reminds me Srivijaya, the ancient Great kingdom of Sumatra.

Svara Jiva made by Rino Deza Paty, renowened composer in Riau province, Indonesia. He is the researcher of Riau folklore as well as the director of the Riau Music Festival.

On the left is Rino and on the right is Anjang Fitrah, Dondong singer

As mentioned earlier, Rino created the ‘Svara Jiva’ by mixing four traditional folk songs from the Kampar such as botimang, bagadumbo, maghatok and dondong.

Kampar is both the core area of Riau folklore and the old center of Riau province. Dondong is a pseudo-yodelings in Kampar traditional vocalization. And more I think Dondong is the song of Srivijaya.

The maximum extent of Srivijaya around 8th century with series of Srivijayan expeditions and conquest



Muara Takus, this mysterious ancient temple in Kampar, is the oldest building in Sumatra. Nobody knows who made it, but some Riau people seemed to believe this temple was built in the Srivijaya era, and were convinced Kampar was the center of Srivijaya(Sumatra).

What is the Dondong?

Dondong is a traditional folk song of Riau province. More precisely, it is the folk song of the Kampar area.

Palmer Keen, Indonesian folk researcher and overtone singer from United State guide me this vocalizations, he currently resides in Yogyakarta to study Indonesian folk music during six years.

With Palmer’s help, I found Rino, famous composer in Riau, and Rino also introduced me the famous Dondong singer. And I go to there and meet them. My interview about dondong with Rino took place at the Pekanbaru Cultural Center.

What is Dondong?

Dondong is a song of the deep forests at Kampar province, and the meanings of dondong is Emotion.

What is the images of Dondong in Indonesian traditional musicians ? 

Unfortunately Dondong is under taboo against traditional musicians in Indonesia.

They consider Dondong causes very severe psychological troubles, and the voices of the Dondong are regarded as bad voices for Indonesian traditional musicians.

Muslim traditionalists also watch out for Dondong’s excessive emotion.

But why do you pay attention to Dondong?

I researched Riau’s traditional music and then I want to make my own new music based on Riau folklore, and the special emotions of Dondong are really interesting, especial this is too exotic to me.

If distinguish between yodel and other vocalization, I think we need that two keywords: Taboo and Exotic.  LOL! Dondong was already notorious by that two keywords against Indonesian traditional communities!

Dondong class

Anjang Fitrah, famous Dondong singer in Kampar, sang Dondong for me directly. (A lot of Indonesian called him Giring rather than Fitrah) Let’s learn Dondong according to Giring’s demonstration.

First, let’s listen to Dondong’s full voices. As you can see, Dondong is a singing voice that break two different voices. Any yodelers can understand that singing method of Dondong is structurally very similar to yodelings.

Now let’s listen to the two different voices of Dondong separately.

The first is the head voice. There is no significant difference from the structures of the head voices of the yodel, both that it is beautifully drawn and sent away. However, you have to sing Dondong with a very eager and heartbreaking heart than yodel.

The second vocalization is Throat Singing. Mongolian Khoome is famous for this method of singing, squeezing the vocal cords and sounding throat. The throat singing in Dondong sounds relatively soft compared to the Khoome.

In addition, throat singing in Dondong seems to be closer to the sound that relaxes and rests for a while after a good head voice is backed up. In other words, Dondong is considered little bit easy vocalization compared to the chest voice of yodel, because chest voice in yodel should be broke strong again after the head voice than dondong.

The last parts of dondong is song lyrics. They call it Pantun.

Sianik kembang lai bolun
Kombang dalam lipek pandan
Tolam jo soghiok pun ola juo

Be straight and be puny
Nyawuo masi dalam sipat tuhan
Sayang den cake kau pun ola juo

(the Pantun is not Indonesian, this is Kampar language)

In English, the translation is as follows ;

Sianik* have not yet bloomed,
Flower in pandan* have not yet been folded,
Tolam* and soghiok* are the same.

The sky is still dark,
The earth has not yet opened,
Life is still subordinate by the nature of God,
Unfortunately, you are not here.


* Sianik, pandan, Tolam, soghiok
– all are the names of the traditional flowers in Indonesia

Now let’s listen to the complete Dondong, combining head voice, throat singing and pandun.

How Dondong was made ?

There was a man who lived in some village in Kampar and he fell in love at first sight of some woman in the next village. However, the man was so shy that he could not even talk to her.

The man was suffering from unrequited love went into the deep forest and sang songs with sadness. Dondong was born like this.

So what happened to the man and the woman in the end?

Conclusion: The man’s beloved heart rushed to her, and they fell in love, married and lived well. LOL.

This is the story of the birth of Dondong. The conclusion of the stories of the birth of ordinary folk music is very sad or tragic, but this happy endings of Dondong is very embarrassing. And this seems to be a true story.

More specifically, it’s only been about 100 years dondong was born. How young age it is!


Wondering but unexplained stories

First, Nobody knew who made the first Dondong.  Giring, the Dondong Singer, do not know about the person who made the song first. I asked Giring again.

So who taught you how to sing Dondong?

my teacher named Ari, estimated at 60 year old.

Could I meet him now or during my trip ?

Ari is natural person lives in the woods without coming into the world. It was difficult to meet him now.

Ari also taught how to Dondong by his teacher, of course I think so, and perhaps Ari know the teach of him and I thought Ari might know about the Dondong’s beginner. But Gring do not of that, he just promised to ask Ari later if they will meet.

Why did you learn Dondong? Why do you like Dondong?

He continued to think again and again but failed to give a proper answer. I said by joke, ‘Did you ever learn dondong to cheat a girl?’, Everyone around ours agreed enthusiastically to my questions, Giring abruptly became a serious Casanova 😀

In fact, there were some women who were touched and touched when Giring sang Dondong. Even among those people, there were Indonesian women as well as Australian women. And yet unmarried, Giring is actually very popular among women. Dondong seems to have the power to ring all women’s hearts regardless of race.

According to Giring, Dondong is not singing in voices. Dondong is singing with Heart. If your heart does not ring, no matter how well you sing, you can never sing Dondong.

Dondong, a song that sings with heart

I learned a little how to sing Dodong.

I guess it does not seem to be a very difficult song. But like Giring ‘s words, it’ s like a song that you can never learn unless your heart beeps.

The subject singing  Dondong is the heart . I can not sing Dondong even if I could not imitate it with no heart …

Initially I thought it was like a dump, but I learned a little bit about Dondong and I really agreed.

If my lover not here, – even if that my lover do not know I love her – love will be come true if I sing Dondong with the true heart of the real love. True Dondong is a true beloved heart, and if it is lacking, you can not sing Dondong.

Soon after I broke up with Giring, I had a really unbelievable experience. In that brief moment when I got back to the hotel by taxi, Dondong was constantly heard around me. I was constantly hearing the Dondong sound as if it was coming from my cell phone, but it was not the sound I heard anywhere. And my heart was pretty sick. Where did this sound come from?

The mysterious experience is almost a week ago compared to the time of this writings, so it is practically impossible to convey my feelings at that time.

This is something I can clearly say : Dondong is true. So it is very dangerous to be touched by another musicians. FIN.