Christianity Pulpit TVRI Medan, last July 2012.
The presence of Assisi Trio, a trio of new songs of Simalungun, either in embellishing the songs Simalungun, also catching the number and popularity of its songs, compared to songs Tapanuli or Karo ethnics, for example.
(Simalungun is one ethnic groups in Indonesia with a total population of approximately less than 500 thousand from more than 230 million of Indonesian inhabitants. Most Simalungun people live in North Sumatra (Simalungun, Deli Serdang, Serdang Bedagai Districts) and some have spread in cities (Medan, Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya etc) and other areas in most 33 provinves of Indonesia).
The presence of this new trio deserved thumbs up. In the midst of the challenges of maintaining the integrity and sinking-arising of Simalungun Group Singers, Trio Simalungun, do not make the artists stop working.
Three Simalungun artists and singers, Beldi Sinaga, Dongsen T Girsang and Martua Purba spawned a new trio, called TRIO Assisi. Then in August 2012, the Trio—founded in December 2011, launched its first album of "Album sweetest Simalungun" .
"We have the intention of creating new color of Simalungun songs, as well as improving the public love of the songs," said Beldi Sinaga in a conversation in the church of GKPS Simalingkar yard recently.
The presence of Assisi Trio the groups will enliven Trio Simalungun songs that had already been present such as Simalungun Trio, Trio Asima, Sinarta Trio, Trio Simas, Bayu Trio and others. "We want everything to be able to enrich the music and songs Pop Simalungun," said Beldi Sinaga.
Starting from the Church’s Seksi Bapa (Father Group) Activities
"Orange in the mountain, fish in the sea, met the cauldron”, “Asam di Gunung, ikan di laut, bertemu dalam kuali”, said Martua Purba, a trio of Assisi personnel told to the story of how meeting of the three members. Several years ago, the three did not know each other and lived in different cities. Dongsen Girsang worked and lived in Batam, Martua Purba Martua worked in a company and lived in Riau, while Beldi Sinaga has been living in Medan and managing music groups entertain at parties.
In early meeting was in the activities Father Section (Seksi Bapa) of GKPS Simalingkar Church. Exercises and Vocal Group performing, choir, as well as other church activities, such as KKR to villages, "The Father Section is very active in various activities such as Vocal Group, Choir and often featuring KKR to the remote areas”.
Because of their often gathering in training and performing at various events, the trio began to be familiar and knew the potential of each others. Apparently, they have enough requirements to establish a Trio. Dongsen has potential to be tenor, Beldi Sound bass, Martua sopran. They began performing in various events, organized by the GKPS Simalingkar church, both in Birthday party, Christmas Eve, or family parties. .
Since August 2011, three diligently talk about the plan in a variety of events. The meeting eventually led to the intention to form a trio. They do not simply sing in church, but also record songs of Pop Simalungun and sell them to fans. "We also intend to record religious songs of Simalungun," said Beldi.
December 2011, Trio's first performance was in a Christmas Eve. Since the appearance, the three round intentions went on into the recording studio. Certainly it did not go smoothly for granted. "Three personnel, three characters and three wishes," said Beldi Sinaga, personnel Trio of Assisi.
According Beldi Sinaga, one difficulty is uniting to form Trio’s perception. Starting from system problems of financing, training and internal rules of their own. "Making a solid and loyal group to the rule. It was the most difficult, "he added.
The intention was eventually rounded, and realized when they entered a studio in Medan, February 2011. For two whole months they were in and out of the studio.
Finishing song recording, work is done?
Of course not, they have to choose the system of duplication and distribution of the tape. "We chose our own finance and marketing. That choice makes more sense of responsibility from all members. We will use producer when we has been popular,” said Dongsen.
First Album with 8 New Songs
The emergence of Trio Assisi will add new songs of Simalungun. Nine of the songs featured in this album, 8 of them are new songs and one song that previously had been recorded and featured. Nine songs Simalungun themed Simalungun social conditions.
"Of the nine songs, except for Adat ni Namanggoluh (The Customs of People”, created by late AK Saragih, are all new songs," said Beldi Sinaga.
The CD hot songs is Angan-angan ni Jalotuk (A Delusion of Jalotuk), created by Janampe Purba, one Simalungun songwriter who has been popular. Other song, entitled Jenges ni Ham (You Are So Beatiful), created by Janampe Purba, can also be enjoyed on this CD.
Lamser Girsang, a very famous Simalungun singer and songwriter, a writer of pupolar Simalungun songs of among others, Tolu Sahundulan, Lima Saodoran, Sandiwara (Pretending), and others, also contributed some songs for this album, Kopi Pakon Teh Manis (Coffee and Sweet Tea) and Malas Ma Uhurta (Let’s be Happy).
The creation of the late St AK Saragih, a writer of hundreds of hymns and Pop Simalungun, included in one of the nominated songs, Adat ni Na Manggoluh (Custom of People), and other Simalungun songwriter, Dody Purba S, Sn contributes: Demi Cinta Kin (For my Love).
The trio of Assisi personnel contributed two songs to this album. One less common genital, song called CWS, Cemburu Wajar Saja (Jealous is Fair) tells about the relationship of men and women in Simalungun, composed by Beldi Sinaga, a TRIO ASISI personnel. One song entitled, Boruni Simalungun (Simalungun Girl), created by Dongsen Girsang, one of the trio of Assisi other personnel.
Starting August 2102
The process of CD production took time, because it was not as simple as one might imagine. "We have to collect the money first, and work in their respective places in order to finance it," said Dongsen.
In addition to singing, the Trio Assisi personnel also do other job. Dongsen manages a small company of fishery, Purba Martua works in a company in Medan, while Robeldi manage his singing and music group at parties.
Having accumulated capital, multiplication song-processed and completed around the end of July 2012. "We printed 5,000 copies and within a month, now only 300 pieces," said Dongsen.
Since the first album launching last August, Simalungun Song lovers welcome Assisi Trio debut album. The album is sold in Jakarta, Medan, Batam, Simalungun, as well as various regions in North Sumatra.
Can they live from the income of recording singer?
"As a singer of Simalungun songs, we can not expect to live only from recordings. We have to work, and singing, "said Beldi.
Beldi Sinaga still manage music business, Purba Martua working in a company and Dongsen Girsang manages his fishery small business.
All three hope that the local singers get attention from the government or local leaders, so that they can work and produce new songs.
"We hope that the attention of the parties to encourage the emergence of competent singer and creator of the new songs of Simalungun," said Beldi Sinaga.
Welcome to Trio ASISI!. Do not be indefatigable and repertoire in promoting music and songs of Simalungun. Hopefully Simalungun Songs get success and well appreciation from public in this country.
Note: The article was published on Sinar Indonesia Baru Daily, September 9, 2012.