October 27th, 2016
We came across the Indonesian choosing game called "Pipo, Pipo". You can see it played in the video below… (The game looks like a lot of fun!) We asked Innosanto Nagara who has helped us with Indonesian songs in the past about the rhyme. Here’s what he wrote, I’m not familiar with that one. […]
July 8th, 2016
The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of Ramadan fasting. Muslim Indonesians celebrate by visiting their families and having a special feast. Lin Fadelan wrote to us from Indonesia about the food eaten there for Eid… Ied’l Fitr is popularly called Lebaran in Indonesia. The feast here in Jakarta, Indonesia consists of pot luck meals […]
May 27th, 2016
The angklung is a musical instrument from Indonesia that’s made of 2 or more bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. Each tube is tuned to a specific octave. The instrument is held with one hand at the top of the frame, while the other hand near the bottom shakes it to make the sound. […]
March 31st, 2015
Our friend Innosanto Nagara is making an Indonesian Children’s Music CD and Book Set. Innosanto has contributed some Indonesian Kids Songs to Mama Lisa’s World including: Panjang umurnya (Long is His/Her Age) Nina Bobo (Go to Sleep Nina) You can help Innosanto help make his new project a reality!
December 23rd, 2012
Linda Nataprawira wrote from Indonesia: Mother’s day = "onde" day December 22nd is Mother’s Day in Indonesia. In indo-chinese tradition, we always make "onde" on that day too. They’re made of glutinous flour and filled with peanuts & sugar inside. The taste is sweet. Onde is also called onde-onde. Sometimes it’s served in a sweet […]
September 1st, 2012
Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
February 17th, 2012
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […]
February 13th, 2012
We take a lot of hikes and recently we’ve been coming upon arrangements of stones stacked on top of each other like those in the photo. I couldn’t help but wonder if there’s a significance to these sculptures? My cousin, James Yannucci, who has travelled all over Asia and lives in China saw my photo […]
May 22nd, 2011
Wayang puppets are from Indonesia. They’re used in shadow puppet theater that’s also called Wayang. Wayang refers to both the puppets and the type of shadow puppet theater. Here’s a video about Wayang Puppet Theater… Video about Wayang Puppet Theater The photo below shows antique wayangs owned by Purabi Khisa. Purabi wrote, "My wayangs… So […]
April 1st, 2011
April 1st is April Fools Day which means that in the US, France and elsewhere around the world, people will be playing pranks on each other. I was pleased and surprised to learn that it’s also celebrated in Indonesia and Bangladesh! Linda N. wrote from Indonesia… "The same in Indonesia, we call it April Mop. […]
February 12th, 2011
Lin wrote to me about Valentine’s Day traditions for both adults and kids in Indonesia. Here’s what she wrote: Lisa, Valentine’s Day is well known here in Indonesia in big cities, many events are held (between February 14 – 28/29) usually having Valentine’s themes. We call Valentine Day Hari Kasih Sayang (Love/Caring Day). We usually […]
November 26th, 2010
Zee Avi is a wonderful singer from Malay. She sings in both Malay and English. Below is a video of a medley she created using English and Malay lullabies. Here’s what she wrote about it… Some of my favourite lullabies that were sung to me by my mother and grandmother when i was a little […]
February 28th, 2010
Dedy Dowo sent me this photo of young Indonesians dressed for a traditional dance. Dedy said: "They do a dance of traditional java that’s called Jaranan or Jatilan (Horse dance)." I asked if it was performed for any specific event and Dedy wrote: "Yes it is, usually in a traditional ceremony or to celebrate a […]
February 25th, 2010
Dedy Dowo sent me these lovely photos of children in Indonesia! Many thanks to Dedy Dowo and all the children and their families for sharing these photos!
February 23rd, 2010
In the US, it’s common for sons to be named after their fathers (though not always). Often people will give middle names to honor a grandparent… sometimes first names too. For Jewish people, they use the first initial of a relative in naming their children. So if you’re naming the child after a grandfather named […]
Lin from Indonesia shared these photos of typical Indonesian food served at a banquet. Lin said, "It is common in Indonesian banquet style (formal or informal) to serve the feast on particular leaves. Usually we used banana leaves, teak (jati) leaves, coconut tree leaves, etc. They’re all arranged on a rounded ethnic winnowing tray (tampah). […]
January 15th, 2010
Back in November I posted a French Pat-a-cake Song and talked about how this type of song seems to be universal throughout the western world. It looks like Pat-a-cake songs are sung in parts of Asia too. Lin Fadelan from Indonesia sent me these Indonesian Pat-a-cake songs below… Tepuk Tepuk Tangan (Bahasa Indonesia) Tepuk Tepuk […]
December 12th, 2009
Ketupat is traditionally eaten for Idul Fitri in Indonesia I recently wrote about Eid’l Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In Indonesia it’s called Idul Fitri. Dedy Subandowo, an Indonesian, wrote to me about Idul Fitri: …I am really happy to face this fasting month because after finishing the Ramadan month, we […]
December 7th, 2009
I asked Lin from Indonesia about Ramadan and Eid’l Fitr. Here’s what she wrote… Eid’l Fitr is the closing of Ramadhan, celebrating the winning of ‘fighting’ ourselves during Ramadhan month. During Ramadhan month, we don’t eat, drink, smoking etc. We also don’t do anything bad, instead we need to worship and be good to God […]
December 6th, 2009
Lin wrote to me about the December holidays in Indonesia… When I was a kid, about one third of my neighbors were Christian (Catholic, Protestant, Advent etc). Before Christmas, we kids ‘helped’ them prepare their houses for Christmas (by tasting their cookies, cakes, and their traditional cuisines/meals, decorating their houses and Christmas trees etc.). What […]
August 20th, 2009
I learned this week that Indonesia has tens of thousands of islands. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Indonesia has 13,670 islands, over half of which are inhabited. Wikipedia puts the number over 17,000. The truth is that the number of islands continuously changes due to seismic activity in the area. Indonesia is the fourth most […]
August 17th, 2009
August 17th is Independence Day in Indonesia. Lin Fdln sent me this song called “Hallo Hallo Bandung” that’s sung in Indonesia for the holiday. Here’s what Lin wrote to me, followed by the lyrics to the song, an English translation and a YouTube video… This is a song from the revolutionary period, when Indonesia fought […]
March 6th, 2009
Joseph Banks Cassava Root Chips are an exotic and relatively healthy snack. Most important – they’re delicious! In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll tell you straight out, these chips are sold by my friend’s company. Also, I’m eating them right now and I’m going to have a hard time keeping myself from polishing them […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
October 24th, 2008
Gerard wrote: Hi! Is there somebody who can tell us the beautiful words in the Indonesian language of the song Bengawan Solo? Thanks a lot. Have a nice day. Gerard If anyone can help with these lyrics, and/or an English translation, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks in advance! Lisa
September 19th, 2007
Saira wrote me: Dear Lisa I hope you are well. Please could you send me the lyrics for the traditional Indonesian poem si anak katak di pinggir kaali… I used to sing this as a child when I lived in Jakarta during my childhood. I only remember the first few lines now but I would […]
July 12th, 2007
Elyn wrote: Dear Mama Lisa, I am running an AngKlung Ensemble in our Church in Singapore, we wanted to play the Indonesia Folk Song De Sini Senang but are unable to find the score. Appreciate it if I can obtain a copy from you. The score can be in chord. Thank you very much for […]
March 18th, 2007
We have a special circumstance where we’re looking for a Bahasa Indonesian translation of a song called Cat’s Head. The song is originally Dutch. We were able to get an English translation of it. If anyone can translate it into Bahasa Indonesian from either language, we would greatly appreciate it. Both versions are below: Cat’s […]
December 22nd, 2006
While I have this link at hand, I’d like to recommend www.freedict.com. It’s a site devoted to free online language dictionaries. You can translate between English and the following languages: Afrikaans Danish Dutch Finnish French Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Latin Norwegian Portuguese Russian Spanish Swahili Swedish I find that it can usually succeed at translating […]
December 18th, 2006
Here’s a cheerful children’s song from Indonesia. It’s in Indonesian, followed by an English translation. You can hear it sung by clicking on the mp3 recording. MP3 of Di sini senang – Happy Here Di sini senang (Indonesia) Di sini senang Di sana senang Di mana mana hatiku senang Di sini senang Di sana senang […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
July 4th, 2006
Carole wrote me yesterday from Canada, asking about a Malaysian or Indonesian song that you can hear on the video at the link below. The little girl in the video looks super cute singing… Dear Mama Lisa, Congratulations for your wonderful site. Since you seem to know some people from Indonesia, I thought maybe you […]
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