The Minangkabau ethnic group, also known as Minang (Urang Minang in Minangkabau language), is indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra, in Indonesia. Their culture is matrilineal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter, while religious and political affairs are the responsibility of men. Today 4 million Minangs live in West Sumatra, while about 3 million more are scattered throughout many Indonesian and Malay peninsular cities and towns.

Theatre Bukittinggi Sumatra Indonesia Minangkabau fire show
Theatre Bukittinggi Sumatra Indonesia Minangkabau fire show

Traditional Minangkabau music includes saluang jo dendang which consists of singing to the accompaniment of a saluang bamboo flute, and talempong gong-chime music. Dances include the tari piring (plate dance), tari payung (umbrella dance) and tari indang (also known as endang or badindin). Demonstrations of the silat martial art are performed. Pidato adat are ceremonial orations performed at formal occasions.


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Wolfgan Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgan Amadeus Mozart

Imagine yourself listening to Requiem from Mozart… There is the magnificence of the music, so often used to solemnly mark terrible tragedy and bring solace. There is the mystery of its composition. There is a helluva story. What this music gives us is not only an appreciation for the genius of Mozart but the transcendent aspects of the Requiem as a work of art that is about death, survival and the possibility of an afterlife.

Mozart – Requiem in D minor
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