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LEARNING BEAUTIFUL JEGOG MUSIC

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!

ANNUAL JEGOG FESTIVAL AT RAMBUT SIWI

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.

KUKUL ANOTHER INTERESTING TRADITION OF BALINESE CULTURE

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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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!

AN AMAZING ANNIVERSARY

Friday night, our guests could hear a nice music in the garden coming from an unusual place close to our Spa. When approaching, they could see an amazing arrangement: the Gazebo entirely decorated for a romantic dinner, closeby, a celebration area also superbly decorated and, between the two, a traditional Rindik orchestra so typical of Bali, composed of 3 players from the surrounding villages.
All this spectacular set-up was arranged by our staff to celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary of our guests Mircea & Carmen from Romania. They decided to celebrate it in a little bit unique and different atmosphere in Dajuma. Starting with a blessing wedding ceremony on the beach, then took place the main blessing ceremony, ending up with a romantic dinner accompanied by the traditional Rindik music.
Congratulations dear Carmen and Mircea!

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AT DAJUMA

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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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 info@dajuma.com.

JOGED BUMBUNG DANCE AT DAJUMA

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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! SELAMAT TAHUN BARU!

The festivities of this end of the year were particularly warm in Dajuma. Around a delicious buffet with its traditional Baby Guling and Ayam Betutu and 3 orchestras including 2 traditional (Gamelan and Jegog) a young dance troupe (photo), all children of the surrounding villages, have interpreted the beautiful story of Rama and Sinta inspired by Ramayana. On the 12 strokes of midnight, the guests exchanged their vows on the stage while striking the famous kul kul (a piece of bamboo sounding like a bell when hit by a stick) under a magnificent fireworks display. The band Bagus from Negara closed the evening with Linda, a wonderful singer in live. The year 2017 really got off to a good start!