Adzan Sound from Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang Island

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One stop point of my soundscape research in Malaysia was Penang Island. This small island, located about 360km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, is also a place with various cultural interactions for hundreds of years. Starting from Islamic Culture, India, Chinese to the time of British colonial occupation.

The soundscape on Penang Island was very interesting. In contrast to the boisterous and urban soundscape of Kuala Lumpur, Penang Island was relatively quieter and calmer. Especially at night, the streets of Penang Island began to settle down. This is a sound recording of sermons and Adzan from the Kapitan Keling Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in Georgetown, capital city of Penang. This mosque is located in the corner of Buckingham and Pitt Street or Majid Kapitan Keling Street. The mosque was founded by the Indian Muslim merchant community in 1801. Keling or Kling derived from Sanskrit Kalingga, a word used in parts of Southeast Asia to denote a person of the Indian subcontinent. Kapitan is a term for the community. In short, the Kapitan Keling Mosque means a mosque for the Muslim community from India. This mosque is one of the buildings that marked the early history of the Indian Muslim community in Penang, which started in the early 1800s.

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