As well as Bali, Java or Minangkabau, which has a tradition of a unique and wonderful art of Indonesian cultural diversity, which is so rich with sculpture, dance, and music, then you will find the art of singing in various regions of Indonesia.
Similarly, indigenous peoples Batak, which is located in North Sumatra. They have a very strong tradition, for example in customs related to family, marriage, relationships between villages, social order, inheritance, and of course in the field of culture such as dance Batak and songs from Batak, which will make you amazed.
Beautiful Toba Lake, Sumatera. Image: shuhadaholidays.com
Batak songs are generally well suited to be displayed at a family party, or wedding parties and other traditional events. They are very good at creating beautiful lyrics, entertaining, but there is always a certain meaning, for example, advice from parents to their children.
There is a famous Batak song, titled Poda. This song is about a father who gives advice or a more appropriate message to his son, who would go wander to another city, for example, from one of the picturesque villages around Lake Toba to Jakarta.
The father gave his son a message that prayer life, well-behaved, polite, do not intend worse during fighting in the seacoast. Message father accompanied his son that in order to survive and succeed. As the oldest child, parental expectations to the son, would become the next generation who will protect his younger siblings.
The message was also meant to be a mandate, as well as the blessing of parents to his son. Poda, now is a song that must be sung at family events, particularly if there are parents who will release their children for success in college studies or any other country or city, which is certainly far from their homes.
Note: Poda song on this YouTube video is sung by Imelda Sipayung, who had a son, who is now studying at a university in the United States.
The original lyrics of Poda:
Angur do goarmi anak hon hu
Songon bunga bungai nahussusi
Molo marparange na denggan doho
Ipe ikkon benget ma ho
Jala pattun maradophon natua tua
Ai ido arta na ummarga i
Unang sai mian jat ni rohai
Ai ido mulani sikka mabarbar
Ipe ikkon ingot ma maho
Tangiang mi do parhitean mi
Dingolumi oh tondikku
Ai damang do sijujung baringin
Di au amang mon….
Jala ho nama silehon dalan
Ipe ingot maho amang
Asa taruli ho diluat
Molo dung sahat ho tu tano parjalangan mi
Marbarita ho amang
Asa tung pos rohani damang nang dainang mon
Ditano hatubuan mi
Poda song translation in English:
Your name is very fragrant, My Son
Like flowers, which are so fragrant
If you behave well, somewhere faraway
And must always remember
Through your prayer you ask
in life, O my soul mate
Do not store a malicious intent
in your heart
Because it is the base of the catastrophe, O Beloved
You have to be patient heart
And santunlah to older people
That's why precious treasure in life
You are the son of my crown, for I am your father's
Also you are the son that will give way
For men and women brother
Likewise remember my son on the word advice
That ye scintillating My son, in a faraway
If you've arrived at the ground perantauanmu
Send your news Son
So serene father and mother's heart
in your homeland
If you are interested in pursuing art or Batak culture, you can take a vacation to Lake Toba and surrounding villages. You will get a warm welcome from the Batak people, even happy they will invite you to sing and dance. You will get wonderful memories of your holidays and adventures in the Land of Batak.
If you are a fan of karaoke, it seems you can find a tone, a song that was very popular. Let us sing together.