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Mang Koko (1917 - 1985)

For anyone that liked kawih Sunda (the Sundanese song), could be ascertained will know or at least heard the name: Mang Koko (alm). A teacher, the student, the man of letters, the writer, the journalist, the organiser, the creator of the song, the Sundanese gamelan music reformer, and ought to become the model for the art practitioner in modern. Mang Koko has the success was creative kawih for children until the mature level, so as more was known as the gamelan music maestro, and works him take the form of kawih, the lyric (pupuh rancag), a map tandak, gending karesmen, dll., eternal until kiwari. His works were still reverberating in the stages, radio, and television.

His original name the Pilgrim Koko Ko- Swara (was born in Indihyang, Tasikmalaya, on April 10 1917 and died on October 4 1985). Mang Koko was Putra single from the couple Siti Hasanah and Muhammad Ibrahim Sumarta, that were lined the descendants Banten/Sultan Hasanuddin Sultan. His name was so fragrant, fragrant in Indihyang and mengaharumkan the Bandung name. In February 2004, the Service of Pendidikan Kota Tasikmalaya then held an agenda pangéling-éling on the service of Mang Koko, with the editorial of “Nguniang ti Indihiang, Padungdung Nanjung in Bandung”. From this agenda, it was clear that Mang Koko became the community's Tasikmalaya pride, as his home town and the place headed penitian his career that was bright. The expression of the appreciation of the Tasikmalaya resident against Mang Koko, was proven by being made by him Street Mang Koko, that was declared on October 17 2005. Mang Koko also really loved Indihiyang and the Bandung City. Kawih sanggian him that be entitled “Bandung”, was one of the favourite proof and his attention of the Bandung city.

Mang Koko began his career in music by establishing Kanca Indihiang during 1946. The Kanca Indihiang song that was popular among them “Badminton”, “Maén Bal”, “Buruh Leutik”, “Jaman Atum”, etc.. Mang Koko was the artist that always gaze at far ahead, so as for him regeneration was garapan that was very important. Be aware of that, Mang established associations of art that to re-educate children until mature in progressing in the world of gamelan music. Mentioned “Taman Murangkalih”, “Taman Cangkurileung”, “Taman Setiaputra”, “Ga you Mekar”, “Gamelan Mundinglaya”, and “Taman Bincarung”. His idea of establishing the organisation of art, was marked also by the appearance of the work book of Mang Koko, like the Cangkurileung Garden totalling three volumes (1954), Dual Mekar (1956), the Bincarung Garden (1958), etc.

As an organiser, the next one of Mang Koko and friends established the Cangkurileung Foundation on March 6 1959 that concentrated in Bandung. Whereas his branches spread in almost all of West Java. His activity was systematic and kostinten, as filling the agenda kawih in RRI Bandung every day on Sunday, held the gamelan music course for the teachers, published the Swara Cangkurileung Magazine (1974-now), etc.. Now, the Foundation's Cangkurileung activity was still taking place, was continued by two from his Putra's eight people, that is carrying Benyamin Ko- Swara and Ida Rosida.

Mang Koko also was afresiator Sundanese literature that was very sensitive. He gave birth to many sanggian kawih that rumpaka him came from work poems of the men of letters. Mang Koko worked hard and very thorough in understanding or experiencing the poem that will be arranged by him fully mejadi kawih. Occasionally Mang Koko asked direct to his writer, both concerning the language and his contents cargo. Beginning with kawih “Talatah” (the Siti Armilah work or SAR), “Bulan Dagoan” (the R Ading Affandie work or the RAF), and “Samoja” (the work of Wahyu Wibisana). Three kawih this was born during the 50 's. Further Mang Koko even more nyanggi kawih from work poems of the other man of letters, like “Di Langit Bandung Bulan keur Mayung” the Dedy Windyagiri work, “Bulan Bandung Panineungan” the work of Wahyu Wibisana, “Kudu the Saha” train the Winarya Artadianta work, “Purnama” the work of Agus Sur, “Wengi Énjing Tepang Deui” the work carried Sastrawiria, etc..

Mang Koko was the graduate Mulo Pasundan (1937). He had wrought in Bale Pamulang Pasundan, Harian Cahaya, Harian Suara Merdeka, Jawatan Penerangan Propinsi West Java, the teacher in the Karawitan Conservatory (smoked) Bandung (Now SMKN 10 Bandung) during 1961, that afterwards became KOKAR Bandung Director (1966‑1972), but also had become the extraordinary lecturer in ASTI (the Academy of Seni Tari Indonesia) Bandung (Now STSI Bandung).

Mang Koko was also known as the noose that nyantri. Previously, time was still living in the Chasm road, Mang Koko almost every time At Daybreak carried adzan. His voice screamed sweet, woke up people around it. Mang Koko could carry adzan with sorog, pélog or made you. Reportedly, if heard adzan Mang Koko, the person who did not intend to pray in the mosque then immediately hurried to head the mosque. Similar to with the story Bilal bin Rabbah, the friend Rosululloh SAW, that had the shrill voice sweet every time he carried adzan.

Had a basis his achievement that was bright, Mang Koko had then accepted various appreciation charter from the government, the agency and the organisation, including the highest cup from the government of the centre/the Department of Education and Jakarta Culture, in the category of the reformer of the field of gamelan music art. During 2004, the Cangkurileung Foundation also accepted the Sastra Rancagé Gift 2004 (for the service field), and accepted the gift West Javanese Music Award 2005 of the colleges of Musik Bandung and Disbudpar West Java, for the category of the musical artist who has died.

Several Work songs of Mang Koko, that was taken from Sundanese poetry:

1. Angin Burit (Winarya Artadinata)
2. Angin Priangan (Wahyu Wibisana)
3. Asih Abadi (Dédi Windiagiri)
4. Bulan Bandung Panineungan (Wahyu Wibisana)
5. Bulan Langlayangan Peuting (Wahyu Wibisana)
6. Bungur Mumunggang (Wahyu Wibisana)
7. Di Langit Bandung Bulan keur Mayung (Dédi Windiagiri)
8. Girimis Kasorénakeun (Dédi Windiagiri)
9. Hareupeun Kaca (Winarya Artadinata)
10. Hariring Nu Kungsi Nyanding (Winarya Artadinata)
11. Hirup (Nano S)
12. Imut Malati (Wahyu Wibisana)
13. Jalir Jangji (SAR)
14. Kalangkang di Cikamiri (Wahyu Wibisana)
15. Karatagan Pahlawan (Mang Koko)
16. Kasenian (Mang Koko)
17. Kembang Balébat (Wahyu Wibisana)
18. Kembang Impian (Dédi Windiagiri)
19. Kembang Tanjung Panineungan (Wahyu Wibisana)
20. Kudu ka Saha (Winarta Artadinata)
21. Lalaki Padjadjaran (Mang Koko)
22. Longkéwang (Dédi Windiagiri)
23. Malati di Gunung Guntur (Wahyu Wibisana)
24. Peuting jeung Pangharepan (RAF)
25. Purnama (Agus Sur)
26. Rayagung ka Balé Nyungcung (Dédi Windiagiri)
27. Reumis Beureum (Wahyu Wibisana)
28. Sagagang kembang Ros (Winarya Artadinata)
29. Salempay Sutra (Winarya Artadinata)
30. Sariak Layung (Dédi Windiagiri)
31. Sulaya Janji (Winarya Artadinata)
32. Tanjung (Wahyu Wibisana)
33. Tina Jandéla (Dédi Windiagiri)
34. Wengi Énjing Tepang Deui (Tatang Sastrawiria)***

This article was taken from website the association panglawungan literature sunda / paguyuban panglawungan sastra sunda(

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