“Badarawuhi di Desa Penari”: A Haunting Tale Comes to Life with Music and Ritual

Madukina’s Sinden

Bingkai KaryaMadukina, a talented sinden singer, returns to lend her voice to the original soundtrack of “Badarawuhi di Desa Penari” (Badarawuhi in Dancer Village) Hailing from a family of artists in Gunung Kawi, Malang, she also had the opportunity to duet with her father, Matoha Mino, on this project.

Entitled “Dawuh,” the sinden song has a unique story behind its creation. Written by Madukina and Matoha Mino, the song took a different approach to preserve the sacredness of the sinden tradition.

Respecting Tradition

The creation of “Dawuh” was not taken lightly. Madukina and her father still believe in the local customs. In addition to reading the film’s script, the making of the sinden “Dawuh” also went through the “among-among” process, a customary ritual to ask permission from the ancestors.

The Dawuh

Similar to the film, the dawuh is a figure chosen to become Badarawuhi’s follower. The sinden song tells the story of how the dawuh is believed to exist on this earth.

Music Video

The creation of the official music video for “Dawuh” was also inspired by the film “Badarawuhi in Dancer Village.” Through the creative process and direction of Prialangga, the music video features many similar settings to the film. Madukina is depicted as a calon dawuh (future dawuh), while Badarawuhi and Matoha Mino are portrayed as Mbah Buyut and lelembut (spirits).

The Film

“Badarawuhi in Dancer Village” is a horror film and a prequel to the 2022 box office hit “KKN in Dancer Village.” The film combines the exceptional directing of Kimo Stamboel with the power of IMAX-certified digital cameras, ultra-large screens, and unique sound to bring the terrifying story of the dancer village to life.

“Badarawuhi in Dancer Village” will be released in theaters on Eid al-Fitr 2024.

Pioneering Indonesian Cinema

“Badarawuhi di Desa Penari” will be the first film to be released for IMAX in Southeast Asia. Manoj Punjabi, CEO and Founder of MD Pictures, said, “This is a great honor for MD Pictures to once again be a pioneer in Indonesian cinema. As always, we continue to strive to strengthen our dedication to shaping the future of Indonesian cinema on the global stage while pioneering cinematic innovation in the region.”

The Soundtrack

The film’s original soundtrack, “Dawuh,” is already available on various music platforms since March 8, 2024, along with the release of the official music video on the MD Music YouTube channel.

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