Is there a better object for teaching a little bit of music to a 2 years old kid, than this impressive Jegog instrument, so typical of West Bali? This is what happened to Anatole in the Dajuma garden where thrones the beautiful instrument. It exists in different sizes, the one shown on the picture being medium. From the bamboo, It generates deep vibrations which are just hypnotic and makes you feel in communion with nature. Undoubtedly, Anatole loved it! Perhaps will he be able in some years to play in the village orchestra! That’s what we wish for him!
This year again, Dajuma celebrated the New Year in a very festive way. More than 80 guests enjoyed the New Year Eve with 3 orchestras (Jegog, Gamelan and Western Live), a pantagruelic buffet including, beside other dishes, the famous “babi guling” and delicious desserts prepared by our kitchen team under the attentive supervision of our 2 Chefs, Dedi and Rudi. The decoration theme this year was “nature”. All our staff participated in the preparation of very nice decorative items including a splendid Garuda entirely made of bamboo and palm leaves. The kitchen stands and the stage were also decorated with natural leaves. On the 12th stroke of midnight, everybody was happy to exchange their wishes for 2020 under the stars and a beautiful firework. We wish you a very happy, healthy and exciting year 2020!
One of the Jembrana’s annual event is the Jegog Festival which was held this year over 3 days, from December 3rd to 5th.
Jegog is a form of gamelan music indigenous to Bali, played on instruments made of bamboo. Born in West Bali in the 1920’s in a small village close to Dajuma, it has started to become popular in other regions of Bali and even abroad in Japan, Germany and the US.
The annual festival aims at preserving, developing and fostering Jegog as a cultural object of prime importance. It is a unique traditional music as a symbol of creativity and the original identity of Jembrana people and culture. This year, the festival agenda was particularly heavy with the participation of 84 Jegog groups from all around Jembrana (including school groups) and 2,520 artists. Hundreds of visitors, including our guests, enjoyed the exhibitions of the forms and types of Jegog and listened their unique sounds. Seminars attended by jegog artists, cultural figures, creators and observers of the Jegog also took place. On the last day, mass Jegog staging (Jegog Mebarung) accompanied by the performance of Joged Dance shown on the picture closed the festival.
Kulkul is a traditional communication tool of the Balinese people. It is a big wooden bell installed at the top of decorated towers erected in the middle of each village in Bali. Inherited from the ancestors one can find it in every traditional organization in Bali. It is used like an alarm for Balinese people and, depending on the number of strikes on the bell, has different meanings such as invitations to regular meetings of the villagers, ceremony preparations or natural disasters. Besides having a role in the lives of Balinese people, Kulkul is also used in smaller size, as a musical instrument in several art performances. This is what is shown on the picture this week. Dajuma is used to organise entertainments combining traditional Balinese music (Jegog) and dances. At the end of the show, our guests are invited to come on stage and play the Kukul instrument with our musicians. They love it!
Very festive atmosphere this December 31st in Dajuma to celebrate the new year! Around a delicious “Babi Guling” (grilled pig) more than 70 guests shared the last hours of the year in a varied musical atmosphere, alternating Jegog, modern songs and traditional dances. On the last strokes of midnight, they exchanged their wishes under the stars while a magnificent fireworks was fired from the beach. All Dajuma staff wishes you a very happy 2019!
Jembrana, the West Bali Regency, is now famous with the Jegog music (Bamboo Orchestra) and the Mekepung (Buffalo Races). But it also has some dances that were originally created by local Jembrana’s artists. These original dances are Luihing Paksi Dance, Mekepung Dance and Cempaka Putih Dance.
Luihing Paksi Dance is inspired by the white starling bird (Jalak Bali), that can only be found in West Bali. It stories about the wildlife of starling bird in the jungle, which plays and flies from one tree to another. This dance is accompanied by Jegog and vocal instruments from the musicians.
Jembrana also has Mekepung Dance which is inspired by the Buffalo Race attractions. This is a new dance creation that reflects the process of the buffalo race, from its preparation and race itself. This dance also accompanied by Jegog Instrument.
The icon of Jembrana’s dance is Cempaka Putih Dance, Cempaka (Magnolia) is one of the flower in Bali. This dance depicts the beauty and fragrant of the white cempaka flower which become one of the means of ceremony or worship of Hindu people. Cempaka Putih dance is accompanied by Jegog music, mixed with metal music instrument (gamelan) and vocal instrument as well. Don’t miss to discover these 3 pearls of West Bali culture on the occasion of your next stay with us!
Because of its proximity to the cradle of Jegog music, it was natural for Dajuma to invest in one of these beautiful Jegog instruments, made entirely by hand from bamboo and teak wood by skilled craftsmen from the nearby villages. Our guests often ask us to discover the Balinese culture whose music and dance are essential points of reference. Many of our employees know how to play this instrument and are happy to introduce our guests to this special music. Why special? Because it generates sounds and vibrations that touch you deep within yourself.
This new instrument is a useful addition to the Balinese dance classes given every week by the Pekutatan Dance School on the Dajuma stage. We hope you will like it!
Big party under the moon last night in Dajuma to celebrate the new year. Our guests have discovered the magic of Balinese dances performed by the young people of the village dance school. They were accompanied by several musicians, the Kembang Rare Group, a gamelan orchestra called Angklung here, that won this year’s Baleganjur Music Competition of the province, and of course the country’s must-have, the famous Jegog and its captivating music made from giant bamboos. With great talent, the singer Oka and her band have musically animated the evening alternating with music and traditional dances, playing the last hits of the moment. On the twelve strokes of midnight, greetings were exchanged between the guests while a fireworks was fired from the beach to the delight of the children present … and their parents. All this around a delicious buffet mixing the best Balinese and French specialties. We take this opportunity to thank you for the trust you have shown us for more than 15 years now and wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year 2018!
This year, the celebration of Christmas at Dajuma was particularly joyful and animated: large flags at the entrance of the resort, laser show in the garden, Rindik Balinese orchestra, surprise gift to our guests and – cherry on the cake – a gastronomic dinner served under the stars and prepared by our kitchen brigade under the guidance of Paul, a young and talented French chef.
Just to tempt you, here is what was the menu:
Mouthing: Sweet corn, curry & coconut velouté topped on grilled vegetables
Starter: Fresh red snapper tartare with passion fruit seeds, avocado & bergamot cream
Seafood: Seared tuna in roasted sesame crust, crunchy vegetables in brunoise and pineapple sauce
Meat: Special roasted duck in Dajuma style
Dessert: Exotic fresh fruits & Christmas spices.
All this for only 245,000 Rp. Who says better?
Another unforgettable Dajuma experience! Merry Christmas!
Why don’t you join us for the New Year Eve. We are preparing another magic night with 3 orchestras, a live singer, dancing, fireworks and one more unique gastronomic dinner. Don’t forget to make a reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week in Dajuma took place an evening show featuring the famous traditional Balinese dances accompanied by the Gamelan Jegog orchestra. Born in West Bali a few kilometers from Dajuma, the gamelan jegog is one of the most impressive sounding ensembles in the world. It is an orchestra of bamboo marimbas, with keys (tubes) ranging from small to gigantic. The largest tubes, up to three meters long, are used for the bass jegog, for which the ensemble is named. The vibrations created by the instruments are transmitted through the ground to your own body, creating a unique feeling of wellness. At the end of the show, the guests are invited to dance on the stage the other famous Joged Bumbung dance. A nice moment of sharing!