January 27, 2023

Jingling Nona

Jingling nona jingling nona yokare kasa
Kasa rata kota jele lagu pasa
Teng alah oteng pak oteng sala oteng
Teng alah oteng pak oteng sala oteng

That few lyrics from a Malacca Portuguese Song Jingling Nona…

Melaka have it’s unique Kristang folk song from the Portuguese Descendant. The Kristang song also famous with the Malaka Portuguese Descendants folk dance – Branyo and Farapeira. Branyo and Farapeira also adopt by local Malay into their Joget Lambak Dance. Joget Lambak dance is unique to the Malays in Melaka. History of this Portuguese dance can be traced as far as 16th century when Portugal Fleet came to Melaka lead by Portugal Naval Army Commander Afonso de Albuquerque in 1511.

Till today the Portuguese Community at Portuguese Settlement Melaka have preserved the old Portuguese customs such as language, food and dance. Famous dance are the Branyo and Farapeira. Branyo dance seems assimilating with local culture as female dancers wear baju kebaya and sarong with the presece of rebana as musical instruments. Male dancers wear western costume.

The Farapeira is the famous and being played during many main occasion or when promoting Melaka at tourism exhibition. Dance group from Melaka State Tourism Unit also using this Farapeira step when doing their performance and Jingling Nona is the famous Portuguese Song. Farapeira is cheerful dance performed by couples in traditional Portuguese costume. Clapping hand with fast changing feet stomping the floor making this dance joyful and resembles that this dance is for youngsters.

Enjoy the Farapeira from Briged Seni Melaka.


Hi, I'am Asmaliana, I work at Tourism Melaka. I love my state, Melaka, the world heritage city by UNESCO.

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