Saman Dance, Indonesian Traditional Dance from Aceh

Saman dance is a tribal dance display Gayo usual to celebrate important events in the customs. Saman dance poem uses the Arabic and Gayo. Besides this dance usually also displayed to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Dance name "Saman" derived from one of great scholars of NAD, Syech Saman.

Saman dance is one of the media for the achievement of the message (Da'wah). This dance reflects the Educational, Religious, manners, heroism, solidarity and togetherness.

Before the start of a warrant mukaddimah or opening, appears a wise old man or a traditional leaders to represent the local community (keketar) or advice that is useful to the players and spectators.

Songs and poems together disclosure and continuous, the players consist of men who are still young by wearing traditional clothes. Presentation of the dance can also be staged, the group dipertandingkan guests with sepangkalan group (two groups). Ditititk assessment focus on the ability of each group in following the movements, dance and song (poetry) presented by the opposition.

Saman dance is usually presented not with the accompaniment of musical instruments, but using the voice of the dancers and their applause is usually combined with hitting the chest and groin them as synchronization and threw the body into various directions. This dance is guided by a leader who is usually called Syech. Because of the uniformity and timeliness of information is a necessity in this dance show, the dancers are required to have a high concentration of serious training in order to perform perfectly. This particular dance danced by the men.

In ancient times, this dance performances in certain customary events, including in the ceremony commemorating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. In addition, particularly in the context of today, this dance is also performed on special occasions that are formal, such as guests visit the Inter-County and State, or the opening of a festival and other events.

Song of the dancers add dynamism of the dance saman. How to sing songs in the dance saman divided into 5 types:

1. Rengum, which is preceded by the roar of the lifter.
2. Dering, Regnum is immediately followed by all dancers.
3. Redet, namely a short track with a short sound sung by a dancer in the middle of the dance.
4. Syek, the song sung by a dancer with long, high-pitched voice, usually as a sign of change in motion
5. Saur, the song that is repeated along the whole dancer when sung by a solo dancer

Saman dance movements using two elements of the basic elements of dance saman: Clap clap hands and dada.Diduga, when spreading the religion islam, sheikh summons wilt learn the ancient dance, and then to re-pass the motion, along with poems by Islamic missionary preaching memudakan . In the present context, dances are religious rituals that are still used as a medium to convey messages preaching through the shows.

Saman dance including one dance that is quite unique, because they only show the motion of applause other movements, such as shaking movements, kirep, lingang, surang-filtering (all of this motion is Gayo language)

In general, Saman Dance performed by a dozen or dozens of men, but the amount must ganjil.Pendapat Others say this dance is danced more or less than 10 people, with details of 8 dancers and 2 as cue givers while bernyanyi.Namun, in the development in the modern era that demands that a dance that will be more lively when danced by dancers with higher numbers. To adjust the various movements ditunjuklah a leader called sheikh. In addition to regulate the movement of the dancers, Sheikh also served sing songs, poems warrant.

Dangdut, the Most Popular Music in Indonesia.

Dangdut is a genre of Indonesian popular music that is partly derived from Malay, Arabic, and Hindustani music. It developed in the 1970s among working-class Muslim youth, but beginning in the late 1990s reached a broader following in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the southern Philippines

A dangdut band typically consists of a lead singer, male or female, backed by four to eight musicians. Instruments usually include a tabla, mandolin, guitars, and synthesizers. The term has been expanded from the desert-style music to embrace other musical styles. Modern dangdut incorporates influences from Middle Eastern pop music, Western rock, house music, hip-hop music, contemporary R&B, and reggae

Dangdut music is gaining popularity among the Indonesian people and non Indonesians alike, Dangdut Happy rhythm of real life getting more and more popular among kids, teenagers, adults, men and women, that means everyone of all ages.

Many consider the Dangdut music to be the country's most popular music of Indonesia, where you can hear Dangdut in the unforgettable streets of the Capital Jakarta.

Dangdut is so unique that you cannot find the same music anywhere else, only in Indonesia, only Dangdut is the cross roads of music world wide, North and South, East and West, Old and New, Indonesia's Dangdut got no Time or Geographic Barriers Dangdut got no Limits.

Best spas and chill-out spots in Bali

Whether it’s a total wind-down for the mind, body and spirit, or simply the desire for some quick-fix serenity, lots of travellers in Bali are spending hours (and sometimes days) being massaged, scrubbed, perfumed, pampered, bathed and blissed-out. A quick rub down on the beach or in a garden, and you’ll be hooked. Here’s your guide to seeking out a bit of aah & aah.

Every upmarket hotel worth its stars has spa facilities (almost always open to non-guests) offering health, beauty and relaxation treatments. Day spas are also common, many of the best booked up days in advance during high season. The cost can be anything from a 20,000Rp beach rub to a multi-hour sybaritic soak for US$100 or more. In general however, the costs are quite low compared with other parts of the world and the Balinese have just the right cultural background and disposition to enhance the serenity.

The Balinese massage techniques of stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure result in a lowering of tension, improved blood flow and circulation, and an all-over feeling of calm. Based on traditional herbal treatments, popular spa options include the mandi rempah (spice bath) and the mandi susu (milk bath). The mandi rempah begins with a massage, followed by a body scrub with a paste made from assorted spices, and ending with a herbal-and-spice hot bath.

Good spas can be found wherever there are tourists. Day spas are particularly common in Ubud, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Here are a few of our favourites:

Mandara Spa, Jl Padma - This divine spa, part of the Hotel Padma Bali, is decorated with water features and impressive stone sculptural reliefs. (Aroma Jepun, Jl Nakula) - Treatments as yummy as they sound. Who can resist a Cappucino Body Scrub?

Jari Menari, Jl Raya Seminyak - Its name means ‘dancing fingers’ and your body will be one happy dance floor! (Prana, Jl Kunti) - A palatial Moorish fantasy that is easily the most lavishly decorated spa in Bali

Nur Salon, (Jl Hanoman 28) - Set in a traditional Balinese compound filled with labelled medicinal plants Ubud Sari Health Resort - A spa and hotel in one. Enjoy a ‘total tissue cleansing’ with organic and natural ingredients

It’s worth remembering that in a place as relaxing as Bali you don’t necessarily have to visit a spa to be soothed. These low-key resorts make every day an indulgence:

Air Panas Banjar
Hot springs percolating down through a series of pools amidst lush tropical plants; soak in the top pools, or get a pummelling massage from the water as it falls into the lower pools.

Relaxed, low-key, low-rise… Lovina is Kuta’s polar opposite. Even the waves are calm… Here, you can get Balinese or Ayurveda treatments in simple, soothing settings.

Nusa Lembongan
What better place to mellow out? Quiet, white-sand beaches; simple rooms right on the beach; incredible sunsets… this is the Bali that many imagine, but rarely find. Find your inner peace amidst the serenity.