Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant

March 31st, 2005 | music, researchmaterial

Performed by more than 200 men seated in tight concentric circles around a small central space reserved for the chief protagonists,” the ketjak (loosely called “Monkey Chant”) was first recorded in Bali by David Lewiston and released by Nonesuch Records in 1969. As a spectacular and alternative performance mode, it has had a germinal influence on western performance and poetics since then…”

Been years since I’d heard it. I’d forgotten just how much of the last (at least) fifteen years of Western music can be heard in it. MP3 or (spit) RealAudio.


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