Senyawa: Compound Lyricism

Translation of lyrics from experimental Indonesian band Senyawa

Senyawa, the experimental Indonesian band formed by Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi, does not sound like anyone else… the combination of Wukir’s handmade instruments and Rully’s other-worldly vocals, channeling Javanese melodies with the intensity of punk and metal, with an avant-garde / DIY approach to constant experimentation and boundary pushing.

Over the past ten years Senyawa have continually developed their sound, shifting in relation with the instruments Wukir builds. Unfortunately for people who do not understand the various Indonesian dialects used, while you can appreciate their music and performances, you can appreciate the aurality of Senyawa – the sheer force and wonder of their music – but not the lyrical content.

This project is intended to rectify that, translating Rully’s lyrics for Senyawa into English for the first time.

Minor Compositions podcast, Episode 9: interview with Rully Shabara, interspersed with audio from performance in Folkstone from April 2022

Senyawa Spread

From Rully's notebook

Senyawa: Compound Lyricism by Minor Compositions on Scribd

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You can also download it here: Senyawa – Compound Lyricism

48 pages, risograph printed artist book in limited edition of 200 copies, A5trim size
UK: £5 /US: $7