The roots of Keroncong music comes from a type of Portuguese music known as fado that introduced by sailors from the 16th century. The year of 1920-1960 was the golden age of keroncong music. It was developed well in Solo, Central Java, and adapt to a slower rhythm to the nature of the Javanese.
Here is the example of keroncong music that I took from Youtube entitled “Putri Solo” (Princess of Solo). But this music is already combined with the music orchestra. This song is quite popular, created by the maestro of keroncong, Gesang Soepomo. The song is quite slow and easy to be listened while relaxing.
This song tells about the beautiful young woman who comes from Solo. The lyrics is expressing about her beauty, how to dress and her behavior.
The next song entitled “Yen Ing Tawang Ana Lintang” which means “There Are Stars In The Sky”. Those songs are in Javanese language. If you don’t mind, please listen and enjoy the song…. :)
Some years ago, my friends and me often played keroncong music for fun. I played bass guitar or sometimes contra bass that well-known as cello. Well, it was very interesting experience. :)