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A style of popular music, originating in Indonesia, which combines Arab and Malay folk elements with contemporary international musical styles, and is characterized by a pulsing dance rhythm and populist lyrics.
1970s; earliest use found in Prisma. From Indonesian dangdut, probably imitative of the sound of the drum beat in this type of music. Perhaps compare Javanese dang a musical beat.
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