A project to harvest
of Kelabit children
Ranih / ’ræn.i / - Harvest
A project to harvest the folksongs of Kelabit children – chants, lullabies, action-songs – their meanings and contexts; and to archive them here on this website as a reference to new generations of Kelabit parents (and their children) and for all people around the world.
The act of harvesting is sacred to the Kelabit and to many indigenous Dayak communities in Borneo. In the past, time was not measured by months and years, but by the cycles of planting and harvesting. The founders of this project, Alena Murang and Joshua Maran, are of the first generation of Kelabit to be born and raised outside of the rainforest. The cousin-duo are dedicated to their work in learning, researching and composing Kelabit music. They are guided by their elders, and by their own lived experiences.
Kelabit are a population of about 7000 people, native to the Ulu Baram river headwaters of Borneo, along the Malaysian- Indonesian Borneo, their area referred to as the Kelabit Highlands, deep in the world’s oldest rainforest. Kelabit people nowadays live in their villages and are also spread across the world. They are a close-knit community. The Kelabit language is of the Austronesian language group and is listed as threatened on Ethnologue.
The Folksongs Archive Library
Lipang @ Alena Murang
Alena Murang has been receiving the dance, music and song from her elders for 25 years. She is widely known as one of the first females to play the sape’, a lute instrument from Borneo, under the tutelage of Master Mathew Ngau.
Joshua Maran is well-respected in the music scene as a producer, drummer and guitarist. He and Alena have been working together in the realm of heritage music for 5 years.
Pepper Jam Productions
Momentum Studio Sdn. Bhd.
Malaysia Design Archive
Foundation of Endangered Languages