Balinese Body Percussion
Here is a “body band” if there ever was one. Nominally lead by a French gamelan fan named Grégoire Gensse and 1 Wayan Sutapa, KoBaGi — which means Crazy Body Community — was formed in 2010, and features body music and bamboo instruments. It’s about as organic as a band can get.
It uses elements from the traditional spiritual kecak dance, but expands upon them in new ways. The group is really tight and you can tell they’ve practiced together extensively. There are a lot of rhythms and polyrhythms to contend with and these guys carry it off with aplomb.
Kobagi has been a part of the BaliSpirit family since 2008 and will be performing this year on the Grove Stage, Sunday the 22nd of May