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Biggest Angklung ensemble breaks world record in Beijing

By Gao Yinan (People's Daily Online)

15:44, July 01, 2013

The Angklung performance (PD Online/Du Mingming)

Beijing, June 30 (People's Daily Online)The largest angklung ensemble consisted of 5,393 participants breaking the world record is organized by the Embassy of Indonesia in Beijing, at the worker's gymnastic in Beijing, China.

Participants played "We are the world" and Chinese song "The Moon is my witness" during the attempt, which lasted over 10 minutes. Each instrument produces only one note, and so each participant would shake his or her instrument at a given hand signal by the conductor.

Angklung, listed by the UNESCO as an Indonesian musical instrument, has drawn the attention of many people in the world and became one of the country's cultural icons. The Embassy of Indonesia in Beijing in cooperation with the Indonesia-China Friendship Association and supported by the Embassy of China in Jakarta, breaks the world record for the largest Angklung ensemble.

Imron Cotan, Indonesian Ambassador to China believes the event is a great people-to-people contact and cultural interactions between between China and Indonesia.

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