Jangbujil Song

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Sijong Jeongdong Jeonghoje
The Jangbujil song is a folk song sung when the whole village builds a dam to reclaim the tidal flat by drainage, and thus have more usable land to produce more grain. It has been handed down for a long time in Seongjae-ri of Seoho-myeon, Taebaek-ri and Geumgang-ri. It is divided into two parts, the Apsori (leading chorus) and Duitsori (following chorus).

History

The sea is shallow and the tidal flat is good near the downstream of the Yeongsan River. For this reason, villagers used to build dams to reclaim the tidal flats near the Yeongsan River to produce more grain. This folk song was sung while they built the dam. In particular, the Yeongam Jangbujil song has been handed down in Seongjae-ri of Seoho-myeon, Taebaek-ri and Geumgang-ri for a long time.

This folk song consists of the Apsori (leading chorus) and Duitsori (following chorus). For the men who sing the Apsori while building the dam, the Kangsoi (gong) of the dynamic Nongak (farm music) is added to help maintain a steady pace. When throwing dirt with a spade, they make the slow Jangbujil sound, and then they sing the Dadaegijil when pounding the dirt to harden the dam.