Keroncong Music : Putri Solo

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. 🙂



  1. Trying hard to impress me huh?
    Btw, any explanation please.. why this kind of music become very popular in Solo considering this area is far away from the ocean.. And where’s the port that portuguese landed?
    Thank you in advance Mase…


    1. At first, the Portuguese brought this kind of music to Ja(ya)karta. The physical remains can be found in village of Tugu, around Cilincing (which Jakarta? North Jakarta, I think). Then, around 1900s, the western music began known here. it replaced the popularity of keroncong. So, the development of keroncong music moved to Solo, since there were many artists there.
      Waduh, pelajaran sejarahmu piye ndut?? First, the Portuguese landed in Malacca, then spreaded to Mollucas and Ja(ya)karta!!


      1. Enggak ndut.. kan orang portugis masuk di sktr abad 16, sementara perkembangan kroncong pindah ke solo sekitar tahun 1920 dan mulai boom malah tahun 1950an. Kamu belum lahir. Ini panjang ceritanya.. mungkin bisa dibahas setelah maem malam nanti ya…

        apapun ngendikane bapak, pokokmen aku nderek.. :p


  2. An interesting post and video. I don’t cae for the woman’s singing. The music was much better without her singing which did not seem to correspond to the tempo of the music. But, I suppose it is meant to be like that.


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