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date: 26 August 2019

Lebah, I Madélocked

  • Michael Tenzer

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(b Peliatan, ?1912; d Denpasar, Nov 18, 1996). Balinese musician. As a youth he travelled slightly south to the village of Sukawati, where he learnt the legong dance repertory from one of its primary exponents, Dewa Ketut Blacing, and then taught it to the gamelan in his own village, Peliatan, in Bali's south-central regency of Gianyar. He also worked closely with the celebrated composer Wayan Lotring. Lebah was especially renowned as a drummer for legong and for the delicate gamelan accompaniment to performances of arja theatre. In 1931 the Dutch administration in Bali sent the Peliatan gamelan group, of which he was a leading member, to perform at the Exposition Coloniale Internationale in Paris. Throughout the 1930s Lebah was a principal collaborator with Colin McPhee, the composer-musicologist who lived and worked on Bali. The two thoroughly explored the musical life of the island, an experience that provided Lebah with unusually extensive first-hand knowledge. He travelled abroad again in ...

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