Published November 29, 2017
This video was recorded by Fiel Sahir in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he met Ihsan and Septiadi at a Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta meetup event. Musi, also known as Palembangese, is spoken by more than three million people, primarily in the Indonesian province of South Sumatra. It is a member of the Malayan family of languages, and is therefore also known as ‘Palembang Malay’ for the city of Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra. It is also called Basa Pelembang Sari-sari and Sekayu. Having emerged in the 18th century CE as the language of Javanese settlers in Sumatra, Musi shares vocabulary with Javanese. In recent decades, it has emerged as a lingua franca for much of South Sumatra, which, like other Indonesian provinces is linguistically diverse.