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Music of East Timor

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East Timorese musicians and dancers in Suai (2010)
East Timorese musicians and dancers in Suai (2010)
East Timorese dancers
East Timorese dancers

East Timor's music reflects its history under the control of both Portugal and Indonesia, who have imported music like gamelan and fado. The most widespread form of native folk music was the likurai dance, performed by women to welcome home men after war. They used a small drum and sometimes carried enemy heads in processions through villages; a modern version of the dance is used by women in courtship.

In the modern era, East Timorese music has been closely associated with the independence movement; for example, the band Dili Allstars released a song that became an anthem in the build-up to the referendum on independence in 2000, while the United Nations commissioned a song called "Hakotu Ba" (by Lahane) to encourage people to register to vote in the referendum.

East Timorese popular musicians include Teo Batiste Ximenes, who grew up in Australia and uses folk rhythms from his homeland in his music [1]. With many East Timorese people in emigrant communities in Australia, Portugal and elsewhere, East Timorese folk music has been brought to many places around the world. Refugee camps in Portugal mixed together East Timorese music with styles from other Portuguese colonies like Angola and Mozambique [1].

The guitar has long been an important part of East Timorese music, though it is an import brought by colonisers; there are, however, native kinds of string instruments similar in some ways to the guitar. Foreign influences also include popular styles of music like rock and roll, hip hop and reggae [2].

Lyrics of the songs can be sung in Tetum or Portuguese, official languages of East Timor.

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Hey geograpeeps! Welcome back to Flag Friday It's good to be back after this little quick haitus I love doing these episodes because you guys get to see me in my natural habitat This is my front porch, and I don't know if you guys can see but right there, that's a ramp that geograpeep Mark K bought for my family so that my dad can come in and out of the house easier with his wheelchair So, thank you Mark K for buying this for my family! Anyway yea, I hope you guys really liked the East Timor episode You guys know how I feel about exclaves, so mm yea! So now let's discuss and dissect that flag, shall we? ♫ [Flag Friday intro music] ♫ Now East-Timor's flag actually looks pretty cool I mean, it's simple yet bold. Everything a flag should be First of all! The flag is made up of a red field with a black isosceles triangle on the left hoist side, superimposed on a larger, longer yellow triangle Also based on the hoist side, with a white five pointed star on top of it all in the center of the black triangle According to the constitution the yellow triangle represents the traces of colonialism as East Timor was a former Portuguese colony Also, technically the Dutch had their hands in that whole deal, but nobody really cares about that The black triangle also represents the obscurities that the country has gone through and still needs to be dealt with In other words, East Timor has a lot of tragic incidences that have been kinda like swept under the rug that they partially blame Indonesia for and they partially blame the media for not reporting, and that still needs recognition The star represents the guiding light of the country and is white to represent peace And finally, the red stands for... the struggle for national liberation Which, okay I guess it kinda qualifies. So here you go - For the blood of those who fought for the country - By the way, our favorite kiwi, Jared animated that this time Potter is on a little bit of a vacation, so he couldn't do it this time but Jared thank you for filling in, and you rock man, thanks! Also keep in mind before East Timor was independent they were a part of Indonesia's Timor Timur province which was basically just the entire island of Timor until they got their independence and then the west side became a part of the East Nusa Tenggara province and then East Timor was just... independent When they belonged to Indonesia they had this kinda lame flag with a lame coat of arms on it With a golden shield containing wreaths of wheat and cotton enclosing a little roundel with a traditional Timorese house. All the top of traditional headdress Speaking of which, the new coat of arms was adopted five years after independence in 2007 and looks way better! The coat of arms a curved red pyramid with a black core and a yellow outline This symbolizes the highest peak, Mount Ramelau or also Mount Tatamailau Inside the black core is star with five rays of light and an open red book a top and industrial gear On the left and right is a rice bushel and ears of corn and under all of that is an AK-47 assault rifle, as well as a bow and arrow Under the entire image is a ribbon banner with the words: unidade, acção and progresso, meaning unity, action and progress Around the entire getup is a circle band with the words written in Portuguese again República Democrática De Timor-Leste, with the acronym below it all They've gone through quite a few coat of arms changes over the years each one applying to the respective country that took over them, like Indonesia or Portugal Also keep in mind, prior to independence they were controlled by the UN for a couple of years so they had this flag, and also they were controlled by Portugal prior to 1975 and for the longest time they were considered both a colony and a province so they were under the Portuguese flag So there you go, East Timor's symbolism gives you a story of an ongoing conflict yet the willingness to move forward, with a relatively simplistic format Good for you East Timor! This has been Flag Friday. You've just been flagged. Stay cool. Stay tuned


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