A project to harvest

the folksongs

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 People

Kelabit People

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. 

Let's Sing

The Folksongs Archive Library

Project Ranih

LELUEN KUH BA’O BUDA

A song from a mummy monkey singing to her baby monkey.

Catfish, Project Ranih

PIU’ PIU’ ALUNG ALUNG

This song is cheering a child on as she catches fish and shares it with her family.

Kelabit Mother and child Uuang_loop

UU ANG

A comfort song of See Saw and Dandling on the Feet and Lesson on different kinds of baskets or carriers.

Kelabit man wearing Bayang Ulo

SEGKING SEGKING SEGKO SEGKO

This song is about the bedazzling attire adorned by visitors to the village.

Kuab Ugam Barit_R2

KUAB UGAM BARIT

A song about weaving a mat together, as a community.

Animation by Mathew Lian Jepiuh

ADUI ADUI

This song is about a day in the life of a monitor lizard.

Team

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

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. 

Partners

Kanid Studio

Pepper Jam Productions

Momentum Studio Sdn. Bhd.

Malaysia Design Archive

Foundation of Endangered Languages

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