from Ron Fricke’s 1992 “Baraka” (I got it through netflix)
at Burning Man 2007.
Honestly, I didn’t know whether to choose to be disgusted by yet another appropriation of indigenous cultural practice, or inspired that people are willing to step outside of what they think they know to adopt the unfamiliar. So many perspectives to choose from.
The chant performed above is commonly referred to as the Balinese Monkey Chant. It is originally known as Kecak (keh-chak). This is one of my favorite clips from Ron Fricke’s 1992 “Baraka” (“blessing”). Do check out the movie and let me know what you think.