Traditional Brunei Music
Even a modest account of the development of the music of Brunei Darussalam is hampered by the lack of documents and reference materials.From available sources, it may be gathered that music had existed in the country since the reign of Sultan Bolkiah.
In the record of the sung dynasty (960-1272 AD) , it was written that the Bruneians played music by beating the drums , blowing the flute , and hitting the gongs.They also sang and danced. According to Prof Wu Zong Yu , an authority on the Sung dynasty period , the Bruneians normally held a feast that also provided entertainment by the playing drums and flutes to accompany dancing and singing . ( Kertas Kerja Kongres Belanda , Sastera dan Budaya , 1993 : 4). The Development of Bruneian music Was Probably first heard outside the country in 1922 when performances were held in Singapore by a group of cultural performers who accompanied the visit of his highness Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam II , the 25th ruler of Brunei , They also played to welcome the Prince of Wales ( Haji Abd. Rahman Mohd. Yusof, 1984 : 58).
Anding Rimba : A Traditional Brunei Malay Song
Anding Rimba is One of the traditional Brunei Malay songs very popular among the local people even today.This folk song is not only admitted by the old but also by the young. The creator of anding rimba is not known because it is passed on by singing from one generation to the next.
Usually anding rimba is presented during ceremonies,while some mothers sing the song to lull their children to sleep. Others use it as a song to accompany traditional healing practices such as those of the Brunei Malay / Kedayan , an ethnic group in Brunei . The use of anding rimba , accompanied by dancing , is believed to help heal several ailment as well as to communicate to spirits , or persons with supernatural powers capable of taking another personin possession.