Did You Know #2

Beka Records: Miss Riboet

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Label rekaman Jerman bernama Beka-Record GmbH hadir di Indonesia (dahulu: Hindia Belanda) pada tahun 1906. Salah seorang pendirinya yang bernama Henry Bumb tiba di Batavia pada 16 Januari 1906 ditemani dua ahli rekaman bernama Willy Bielefeld dan Willy Hadert. 

Berselang dua hari mereka berhasil merekam banyak materi yang kemudian dirilis sebagai 32 sisi piringan hitam untuk gramofon. Setelah Perang Dunia I, Beka kembali meluaskan cakupannya ke Nusantara merekam kroncong dan gamelan termasuk kehebatan penyanyi pribumi terkenal Miss Riboet ‘Miss Noisy’. 

Dalam kurun waktu setahun (1926-27), Beka merekam 122 lagu oleh Miss Riboet, dan di tahun 1928, Beka tiba di Bali dan merekam banyak tabuh dan gending Bali dibantu Ida Boda (maestro tari dari Kaliungu Denpasar) dan Walter Spies (perupa ternama Jerman yang menetap di Bali sejak tahun 1927). 

Baca lebih lanjut Music and Media in the Dutch East Indies: Gramophone Records and Radio in the Late Colonial Era 1903-1942 karya Philip Yampolsky dan kunjungi hajimaji.com dan bali1928.net untuk informasi tambahan mengenai rekaman-rekaman bersejarah oleh Beka dan lain-lain di Nusantara. 


Did you know that the record label Beka-Record GmbH of Germany arrived on the shores of Indonesia (previously Dutch East Indies) in 1906? One of the founding father of the label, Henry Bumb came to Batavia on 16 January 1906, accompanied by two recording experts: Willy Bielefeld and Willy Hadert.

Just in two days the parties managed to record plentiful materials that were then released as 32 matrices for gramophone. After World War I, Beka came back to expand their operations in Dutch East Indies, recording kroncong and gamelan including the might and iconic voice of songstress Miss Riboet “Miss Noisy.”

In one year (1926-27) Beka recorded 122 songs by Miss Riboet and in 1928, Beka focused on Bali and recorded many Balinese tabuh ‘gamelan orchestra’ and gending ‘songs’ – aided by Ida Boda (Balinese dance maestro from Kaliungu Denpasar) and Walter Spies (famed German painter whom lived in Bali since 1927).

Further reading: “Music and Media in the Dutch East Indies: Gramophone Records and Radio in the Late Colonial Era 1903-1942” by Philip Yampolsky. Also visit hajimaji.com and bali1928.net for more information of historic recordings by Beka and others in Dutch East Indies during the turn of 20th century.

So now you know!

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