The colourful world of Indo rock

 

The Indonesia music scene is incredibly rich and varied, benefiting from a range of influences, historic and cultural. Its location on the Pacific rim is ideal for soaking up many of the musical styles which are prevalent amongst other Far Eastern nations.But one form of music that seems to have ...

The wonderful cocktail of Dangdut

 

There are many wonderful forms of indigenous music which continue to inspire generations of music lovers throughout the world. In Indonesia one particular form of music that has endured has been Dangdut.The term itself derives from the Javanese word conveying the literal sound of a drum (known as...

Powerful stories from d’Massiv

 

The YouTube video for the song by Indonesian band d'Massiv, 'Sudahi Perih Ini' has been seen by 8 million viewers. One reason for its popularity is that rather than simply being an accompaniment to the music, the footage tells a story. As the track unfolds, there is a moment of drama that contras...

Rock in Solo

 

While some people love to relax to soothing music, for others the whole point of listening to their favourite bands is to do so loudly. Forget chart-friendly pop or trendy dance vibes – if you are ever visiting Indonesia's capital Jakarta during 'Rock in Solo' time, prepare to have your ear...

Gigi – their greatest moments

 

Ya Ya YaThe video for their single ‘Ya Ya Ya' has attracted around 1 million hits in YouTube. It illustrates their perfect blend of hard-edged guitars and fluid melodies. The film itself is very arresting, featuring the band playing live on the banks of some suitably industrial-looking dock...

Afgan Syahreza

 

Afgan Syahreza has won many plaudits for his talents. Amongst the various awards that already clutter the shelves are Best Male Vocalist (at the 2009 Indonesian Music Awards) and Best Male Artist (at the 2009 Planet Muzik Wards, celebrating engaging artists in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore). ...

God Bless – greatest YouTube moments

 

God Bless, one of Indonesia's most consistent and influential rock bands, have accumulated an army of followers – over different generations, too. Founding member Ahmad Albar has presided over a band that first formed in 1973, and has released several popular albums since their eponymous de...

Indonesian music to cement diplomatic ties

 

With the imminent arrival of the 40th anniversary of the moment when diplomatic ties were established between Indonesia and Korea, music has rightly become centre-stage. More than any other form of artistic expression, music is capable of crossing international borders and creating harmony. For t...

Indonesian pop sensations Noah

 

Of the most phenomenal successes in the field of popular music in Indonesia has been the band Noah. They were formerly known as Peterpan (in fact, when they renamed themselves in 2012, the some of the promotional material stated ‘Noah Known as Peterpan Band').What Noah have always done is e...

Indonesians and Miley Cyrus

 

There is a popular saying that equates taste with marmite, a sticky brown food spread that is widely used in Australasia, the Pacific and beyond. Because it has such a distinctive taste, it is known to polarize opinion – you either love it or hate it. Well the same could well be said about ...

Kotak – from talent shows to MTV fame

 

It was Indonesia's TV7 2004 ‘The Dream Band' competition that set this band on the road to fame and fortune. At that event, vocalist Julia Angelia Lepar (aka Pare), guitarist Mario Marcella (aka Cella), drummer Haposan Haryanto Tobing (aka Posan) and bassist Prinzes Amanda (aka Icez) impres...

Kotak’s greatest moments

 

Ever since Kotak's members were first spotted on an Indonesian TV talent show and named ‘The Dream Band' they have made its their sole purpose to entertain. Since that moment in 2004 they have recorded increasingly catchy and commercially successful records.If you want to check them out, a ...

Maudy Ayunda - Indonesian popstar

 

Not that many people are aware of Maudy Ayunda outside of her native Indonesia, but this is sure to change over the next few years. Born in 1994, this actress and singer is still a teenager (until December this year at any rate). Yet at the tender age of 19 she has demonstrated ample evidence of ...

Netral YouTube highlights: Haru Biru

 

Just under four minutes in duration, it showcases the Indonesian cult band Netral, as they perform Haru Biru. The video kicks off with a menacing synth rhythm counting down to the actual performance that gets going at 0:30. There are shots of street scenes in urban Indonesia, with crowds of motor...

Nidji – brightly shining Indonesian rock

 

Nidji are a bit of an enigma for an Indonesian band, difficult to pin down or pigeon-hole. On the one hand, their name isn't even Indonesian – it actually comes from ‘niji' which means rainbow in Japanese. Their music has had all sorts of labels thrown at it, from pop punk to out-and-...

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