TRADITIONAL DANCE INMALAYSIANEGERI DI BAWAH BAYU
INTRODUCTIONAlso known as “Negeri Di Bawah Bayu” is thesecond biggest country in Malaysia.The mount of Kinabalu is the highest inMalaysia.Has 32 ethnic races, 55 languages, 100dialects.80 of dances that has their own cultures,traditions and custom.
DANCESSUMAZAU One of the best known traditional dances in Sabah, and throughout Malaysia. Belongs to kadazan –dusun ethnic group, particularly the Dusun Lotud group from Tuaran district. Performed at many functions and gatherings, such as thanksgiving and weddings.
Used in traditional ceremonies, honoring thespirits and to cure illness.Form as a couple of birds flying together.Soft and slow movement rhythm.Male and female will face each other, movetheir feet in small movements.The dancer will extend their arms gracefullylike a bird spreading their wings to fly.
DALING-DALING Also known as Pangalay or Mengalai. Danced by people region Bajau and Suluk. Most distinctively Asian of all the Southern Philippine dances. In its original form, combined Arabic belly dancing and the Indian dances. Complete with long artificial finger nails and golden head gear accompanied with “Daling- daling” song which is a love story.
Nowadays danced with a faster tempo butless swings, called “Igal-igal” by the Bajaufrom Semporna District.Performed during weddings or other festiveevents.Male is called Pengasik and features moremartial movement.Female is called Pengiluk, sometimes usebamboo castanets as subtitutes for longfingernails.Popular among peoples of Mindanao, Suluand Sabah called Pakiring.
DANSA Dance of the Cocos Islanders in Sabah from Lahad Datu district on the east coast of Sabah. Performed by three couples during weddings and often-festive occasions. There is much feet stomping. Music is provided by a couple of violins called biola. The tops of the costumes is Scottish Highlanders with frilled shirts and scarves.
The women wear these over batik sarongs.Men wear songkok and sarong batik putihwith heavy shoes.
MAGUNATIP Its origin in Philippines, famously known as the Bamboo dance. Native dance of the Murut. Magunatip comes from the word “apit” means to be caught between two sticks. Performed by men end women of the Kwijau community in Keningau. The dance starts slowly and tempo gradually increases to display the skill of the dancers.
Creates excitement and bring life to manycelebrations.The 2 bamboo poles usually 6 feet long andheld by 2 dancers.Used gong and bamboo as a musicalinstruments.
LIMBAI Dance of Bajau from Kota Belud, Sabah. 3 or 4 couples dressed in traditional Bajau costumes. The women wear the gold ornate sarimpak headpiece, circle each other with the men standing behind them. The music is called bertitik. The instruments consists of a kulintangan, gongs and gandang. Performed during weddings and other social occasions.
CONCLUSIONDance as the identity of Sabah.Rich multi culture diversity of rituals, songsand exhibition.Must be maintane for the next generations.