This year sees newly created group ‘The Rancakers’ (pronounced Run-chucka) take to the main stage for their Indofest-Adelaide debut! Although only formed earlier this year, the group have been practising hard and are looking forward to giving audiences a taste of West Sumatran culture, music and dance.
The Rancakers will be performing the dynamic dance, ‘Tari Rantak’ which is named after one of its featured moves, where dancers stomp on the ground in unison. In addition, the dancers wear ‘Sarawa Galembong’, large pants with material between the legs which create rhythmic percussions when struck. This complements music played by an orchestra of traditional and modern Minang instruments including the ‘talempong’, a melodic kettle gong unique to West Sumatra.