Ki Ageng Ganjur is a group of Muslim youth from the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) who has interests and talents in music. Most of the group’s members have educational backrounds of Pesantren (Islamic traditional boarding schools, and especially graduated from State Institute of Islamic Studies (Institut Agama Islam Negeri/IAIN) Sunan Kalijaga and Indonesian Institute of the Arts (Institut Seni Indonesia/ISI) in Yogyakarta. As Muslims with Pesantren backgrounds, Ki Ageng Ganjur’s members appreciate local culture, tradition and at the same time modernity. This is the way, they preserve the value of Islam. Therefore, they reject any kinds of radicalism, fanaticism and formalism in religion. Through music, they promote tolerance, harmony and humanism.
In doing so, Ki Ageng Ganjur has composed music by elaborating different genres of music, such as ethnic music (Indian, Middle Eastern, Javanese-Indonesia, Sundanese-Indonesia, and Batak-Indonesia), modern music (Jazz, rock, dangdut, pop, and classical), and religious music (Kasidah, dan musik agama (kasidah, Shanti Mantra, dan Gregorian).
These are aimed at touching human feelings, hearts and souls, and bridging all human diversities. In addition, Ki Ageng Ganjur revives the Islamic tradition by composing the lyrics of Music stemming from Sufi’s poetry, Islamic provebs and many kinds of Islamic arts. Then, these lyrics are arranged with other religious music, such as the lyrics of Salawat Badr arranged by Gregorian music, and other Salawat lyrics arranged by Shanti Mantra. These come together and create one piece of music.
Ki Ageng Ganjur was founded by Abdurrahman Wahid, former Indonesian president in 1996, and has been led by Al- Zastrouw Ng since its inception. The name Ki Ageng Ganjur comes from an Ulama (Muslim leader) who lived in the days of Demak Kingdom. Ki Ageng Ganjur, or Sheikh Abdurrahman, is a Muslim figure who used traditional music for Islamic propagation. He always carried a big gong, called Ganjur. That is why he is so-called Ki Ageng (big) Ganjur.
B. VISION AND MISSION
The vision of Ki Ageng Ganjur is to encourage religious harmony in society and to reject all kinds of radicalism, religious symbolism and any violence in the name of religion. This mission forms the basis for creating a kind of music that allows for the encouragement of harmonious life among people with diverse religions and faiths, and provides an alternative pool for religious dialogues.
- To cultivate religious expression peacefully,
- To counter narrow, radical, violent thoughts in the religious life
- To develop arts and cultures that uphold traditional and religious values,
- To develop alternative arts that can be used as a means to disseminate Islamic values that are friendly, peaceful and rahmatan lil alamin,
- To develop local traditions to enrich the development of Islamic art.
One of the Ki Ageng Ganjur routine activities is composing music that allows to encourage the spirit of togetherness and religiosity. The composition comes from various types of musical genres: modern, local, traditional and religious genres. The compositions of the music and songs, then, are performed at Pesantren, places of worship (mosques, churches and temples), public places and national TV stations. Ki Ageng Ganjur usually combines musical performances with other activities, such as the Islamic speeches, dialogues, and discussions on various topics related to Ki Ageng Ganjur’s vision, such as religious harmony, brotherhood, nationalism and humanism.
To attract more people, Ki Ageng Ganjur often involves famous artists or singers to perform or sing their songs.
In addition, Ki Ageng Ganjur has also conducted several musical experiments. In 2005 Ganjur performed a wayang (leather puppet) called Wayang Shimpony, where Ki Ageng Ganjur changed some patterns of puppet music. Ki Ageng Ganjur has also collaborated with many music groups from different genres, such as Hip Hop Tony Blackman from the USA, Hindu music group from Bali Indonesia, Iwan Fals (2009- 2010), Slank Band Group (2011-2012), Fadly Padi and a number of other national artists.
The following are some of Ki Ageng Ganjur’s activities or performances produced in the national television programs :
- “Musik Dua Arah (Music: Two Directions),” a combination of religious music with pop, rock and dangdut genres, performed at National Television Indonesia (TVRI) in 2000,
- “Berbagi Rasa (Sharing Feelings),” a combination of entertainment and discussion. This program is dedicated to the victims of Mount Merapi eruption in Yogyakarta, performed at the National Television of Indonesia (TVRI) in 2001,
- “Bangkitlah Bangsaku (Rise my Nations),” performed ANTV Jakarta in 2000,
- “Ramadhan, Syair Dzikir,” performed at TPI (Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia) in 2001,
- “Ramadhan, Dendang Kisah Sufi” performed at TPI (Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia) in 2002
- “Ramadhan dan Pesantren Budaya,” performed at TVRI Jakarta in 2003, at TPI (Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia) in 2004, TVRI Jakarta in 2005 and TVRI Yogyakarta in 2006,
- “Orkestra Wayang Simphoni (Simphoni of Puppet Shadow Orchestra)” performed at TVRI in 2004 and TPI in 2005,
- “Musik Hati (Heart Music)” performed at JTV in 2011 revealing the meanings of the lyrics of Salawat songs.
Beberapa acara live yang telah dilakukan sejak tahun 1998 adalah sebagai berikut :
- “Concert: Kebangkitan Bangsa” dari Maret sampai Juni 2000 di empat kota: Bandung, Malang, Semarang dan Yogyakarta
- “Konser Kebangkitan Nasional,” pada Juni 2001 di Auditan GOR Saburai Lampung.
- “Istighotsah” during 1998 and 1999 in cooperation with Muslim leaders in Java and NU,
- “Tadarus Budaya,” in collaboration with Kantata Taqwa music group in 1998,
- “Tabligh and Dzikir Budaya 2002-2005,” in cooperation with PT. Djarum in five Pesantren in West
Sumatra, five Pesantren in Banten, and five Pesantren in Lampung,
- “Concert of Two Nations”, in collaboration with the Hip-hop group of the US Ambassador and in collaboration with the American Embassy in Indonesia in 2006
- “Inter-Faith Music,” 1998-2001, in collaboration with different religious musicians: Islam-Hindu- Local religions,
- “Djarum Concert 2006,” in cooperation with fifteen Pesantren in West Java, Banten and Jakarta,
- “Religious Dance and Drama: Traveling the Nine Saints” in Lamongan, East Java in 2006,
- “Concert and Prayer,” for the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2007,
- “Ramadan Concert,” in five cities in East Java in 2007,
- “Ramadan, Building Harmonious Relations,” in ten cities in West Java and Banten in 2007,
- “Dance and Drama: The Life of Sunan Kalijaga” in Demak, Central Java in 2007,
- “Syiar Maulid Concert” in six cities in West Java in 2008,
- “Spiritual Borobudur Art,” at the Borobudur Temple, Central Java in 2008,
- “Ki Ageng Ganjur’s Cultural Mission in the Middle East” (2009), artists Mell Shandy, Andi Riff and Evie Tamala, in Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
- “Spiritual Journey of Iwan Fals and Ki Ageng Ganjur to Pesantren” (2009-2010) visiting 76 pesantren and performing religious concerts in 76 cities in Indonesia,
- “Spiritual Journey of SLANK together with Ki Ageng Ganjur to Pesantren” (2011-2012), visiting 50 Pesantren and performing religious concert in 50 cities in Indonesia,
- “Cultural Silaturrahmi” (2013-2018) in various regions in Indonesia, starting from Aceh, Java, Kalimantan and Nusa Tenggara Barat.
“Islam Nusantara Roadshow to Europe 2018”
Para Punggawa Sanggar Ki Ageng Ganjur
PENGARAH: Ngatawi Al-Zastrouw l Direktur: Arifah Fauzi l Manager : Samsul
l Tim Kreatif: Mamiek, Abbet, Deden
Mamiek (Saron, Bonang, Kendang Jawa): Abbet (Saron, Rebana), Samul (Saron, Rebana), Mei Devi (Kendang, Tabla, Vocal), Afif (Seruling), Deden (Gitar), Sigit (Bass), Bambang (Keyboard), Ian (Piano), Wisnu (Drum), Kristy (Vocal), Astuty (Vocal)
Thank’s to :
- Prof. Dr. KH. Said Aqil Siradj (Ketua Umum PBNU)
- Yeni Wahid (Dir. Wahid Foundation)
- Yudi Latif (Kepala BPIP)
- Imam Nahrowi (Menteri Pemuda dan Olahraga RI)
- Hanif Dakhiri (Menteri Transmigrasi RI)
- Eko Putro Sandjojo (Menteri Desa PPT RI)
- Muchammad Basuki Hadimuljono (Menteri PUPR)
- Triawan Munaf (Kepala Bekraf)
- Hilmar Farid (Dirjen Kebudayaan KEMENDIKBUD)
- Nadjamuddin Ramly (dir. Warisan dan Diplomasi Budaya)
- Azis Nurwahyudi (dir. Diplomasi Publik Kemenlu)
- KBRI Den Haag
- PCI NU Belanda
- PCI NU German