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Ari Lasso

Indonesian Popular Music. A History

By: Chandra Drews and Emma Kwee Indonesia has a rich culture of music that sadly often goes unappreciated overseas or even (more sadly) at home. This article...

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Up & Coming: Two Jakarta Based Indie Hot Shots

By: Chandra Drews Finally finding something that you’ve been searching for some time (yet always knew existed) can cause quite the adrenaline rush. I recently...

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Jakarta at Sundown: Explore Jakarta by Night

By: Chandra Drews Nightclubs & Cafes in Jakarta After-hours. You can say many things about Jakarta, but not that it's dull! Check out this top 5 Jakarta Nightlife...

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Gamelan, a true Indonesian invention!

By: Chandra Drews Gamelan: A Distinctly Indonesian Thing Mention ‘Indonesian Music’ to most folks in the Western hemisphere (or anywhere else come to that) and...

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White Shoes & the Couples Company: A Motley Crew of Indie Pop Indonesians

By: Chandra Drews If there’s one thing Indonesians of my generation (born anytime between 1978-1988) most have in common, it’s the love for the melodies of pop...

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Dangdut: Indonesia’s Blue Collar Dance Movement

By: Chandra Drews Anybody ever visiting a village wedding will have witnessed it: Dangdut. An often female singer, for Indonesian standards quite scantily dressed,...

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Indonesian Rock – A Documentation of Change

By: Chandra Drews The story of the development of rock music in Indonesia is tightly related to the cultural and political changes the country faced in the last 50...

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Keroncong: An Overview & Obituary to Gesang

By: Chandra Drews Keroncong is a form of Indonesian music brought to the Indonesian shores by the Portuguese. Based on Portuguese fado, the music had its heyday...

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Indo-Rock: An Indo-European Hybrid

By: Chandra Drews Never mind Elvis Presley and Bill Haley, the Tielman Brothers and their fellow Indo-rockers really rocked Europe in the 1950s. Pretty much forgotten...

I.N.T. a.k.a. Percy Samidjono, By: Chandra Drews

Dutch Indonesian Hip-Hop Producer I.N.T.: The Indonesian Production Tiger

By: Chandra Drews I.N.T.: an I.N.T.roduction It goes without saying that the Amsterdam based producer and DJ known as I.N.T. (Percy Samidjono) is one of the leading...