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Indonesia's 112-year-old busker

2008-09-05 07:36:26 GMT2008-09-05 15:36:26 (Beijing Time) Reuters

SCRIPT:

Hadisono Rukinem takes her daily stroll through the Indonesian village of Bantal.

She's brought her Gender - an ancient Javanese Xylophone - and she plays it for money.

At 112 she's possibly the oldest busker in the world.

(SOUNDBITE) (Javanese) HADISONO RUKINEM, TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN, SAYING:

"I learned to play when I was 20, my mother taught me because she was a musician too."

Since her husband died 52 years ago Hadisono has busked almost every day.

She does welcome the money but that's not her main priority.

(SOUNDBITE) (Javanese) HADISONO RUKINEM, A TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN SAYING:

"I do this to support my daily needs like eating. But I also do it to preserve the culture."

(SOUNDBITE) (Javanese) PUJI UTOMO A VILLAGER SAYING:

"It's not about performing she just cares about traditions. Her children and her grandchildren do too. They perform other traditional arts."

One of Hadisono's children is a puppeteer like her late husband and another sings old Javanese tunes for traditional shadow plays.

None of them is likely to make it to the top of the charts.

But when it comes to longevity Hadisono is number one.

Sonia Legg, Reuters.

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