Maryati

Maryati

21
March

 

East Nusa Tenggara province –NTT has different culture from other regions in Indonesia. It can be seen from a lot of traditional dances. The dances from this province are usually full of meanings. One of them is the dance of Bidu Hodi Hakdaur. Traditional dance in East Nusa Tenggara does not know single dance as well as Bidu Hodi Hakdaur dance. The dance is performed by more than 2 persons. Bidu Hodi Hakdaur dance is an accompanied music from combination of Gendang, Gong, Tambur, and blowing of recorder (kind of flute). Even, the dance is often interspersed with the song of Belu people, “Loro Malirin” which is accompanied with loud cry. Bidu Hodi Hakdaur dance is developed with Likurai dance from Belu tribe, East Nusa Tenggara. The dance is moved by a number of men and women. With dynamic dance, the male and female dancers wear Ikat weaving clothes of Belu tribe and also accessories, such as Tais (traditional bag) and Kelewang (traditional weapon). The dancers wear accessories to show wealth of East Nusa Tenggara ethnical culture which is exotic. Bidu Hodi Hakdaur dance is usually performed in welcoming honorable guest, wedding party, traditional ritual and entertainment. Bidu Hodi Hakdaur dance’s performance is begun with male dancers who move their legs energycally and sturdy movement while sounding Giring-giring (ankle bracelet) by following rhythm of the Gendang. Then, a number of female dancers come to swing their body while beating Gendang or Bibiliku (tambur) with excitement and joy. Afterwards, there is choreography in pairs and in groups forming a circle. Bidu Hodi Hakdaur dance is inherited from generation to generation. In the past, the dance was to welcome commander of war who succeeded to conquer opponents. The dance represents a row of brave men who used Kelewang and defeat the enemy. While, a row of women beat Gendang joyfully to welcome the men and to celebrate the victory. Besides, the dance also has another meaning, namely happiness and cooperation.

21
March

D’Massive

Published in Music

We will present the songs from  D'Massive Band. D'Massive is a band formed in Jakarta, on March 3, 2003. The personnel of D'Massive are Rian (vocalist), Kiki (guitarist), Rama (guitarist), Ray (bassist), and Why (drummer). The name of the D'Massive was taken from an English word "massive" which means "very big". However, for the personnel of D'Massive, the word "massive" is interpreted as a hope to get good works in the Indonesian music industry. Although the Band was established in 2003, the name of D'Massive was being known and popular in 2007. Its fame began after the Band won a music competition. Currently, D'Massive Band has been aligned with other top bands of Indonesia. During their career the personnel of D’Massive have been produced eight albums, namely "Menuju Nirwana" (2006), Perubahan (2008), Special Edition mini album (2009), Perjalanan (2010), Persiapan (2012), Hidup Lebih Indah (2014), D'Masiv with Raef (2016), and D’Massive (2016). Most of D'Massive's works themed about love, however some of them contained about life motivations like the song "Jangan Menyerah". Almost all of the songs from D'Massive get a positive response from Indonesian music lovers. The popular of the song of D'Massive may no longer be a surprise, as many Indonesian musicians often requested the songs to Rian, the vocalist of D'Massive.

21
March

The Central Election Commission of Russia, Sunday, March 18, reported that 67 percent of voters cast their ballots in the recent election in Russia. Of the transient calculations more than than 75 percent have chosen Vladimir Putin. Although the overall counting is still ongoing, observers have confirmed the former KGB member, the secret service in the Soviet Era, for the third time will rule Russia again  for the next 6 years, setting aside 7 other candidates.

Putin's victory has generated mixed reactions from world leaders. As quoted from Deutche Welle, Vladimir Putin's re-election has aroused mixed feelings across Germany, including at the highest levels of political power. In a government press conference on Monday, 19 March, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would send congratulations on Putin's victory. While Chinese leader Xi Jinping was quoted as saying by XInhua, in addition to congratulating Putin  on the victory, also said China is eager to cooperate with Russia, and improve relations between the two countries to a higher level.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela would improve bilateral ties with Russia after Putin's election victory, especially in the field of international policy for the creation of world peace. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was banned from taking part in the election, had earlier asked his supporters to boycott a vote he called "fake". He claimed to have sent more than 33,000 observers across the country and said there had been "unprecedented violations".

However, Russia's election commission rejects allegations of fraud.  It is said that the emergence of Putin after the collapse of the Soviet Union was predicted by the famous French astrologer Nostradamus in the 15th century. According to that forecast, there will be a leader in Russia who will bring back the glory of the Soviet Union with the same characteristics of the former KGB agent. Regardless of whether or not the prediction is true, the world hopes that Putin's victory can provide a real contribution to world peace. Because after the end of the cold war era, the hegemony of western power seemed to dominate. Almost all western countries contribute to the peace program at the UN in the area of ​​conflict areas ranging from the Middle East to Asian countries. Russia does seem to be very eager to play a role in resolving world conflicts. In addition, the stability of the region becomes the political program of the Russian President-elect in the future. This is suspected as an attempt to restore glory as a superpower.

19
March

President Joko Widodo continues to promote the concept of Indo-Pacific to ASEAN member countries and Australia. During his visit to Australia attending ASEAN-Australia Summit 2018 on 15-18 March 2018, President Joko Widodo did not forget to disclose the concept of Indo Pacific. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi explained in Sydney, Australia on Sunday (18/3/2018) that the purpose of the concept, which is the President focuses on strengthening cooperation in the Indian Ocean, is based on strong cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.

What and how exactly is the Indo-Pacific Concept?

The concept of Indo Pacific has become a major issue since President Joko Widodo visited India early in 2018. In the ASEAN-India Summit in Rasthrapati Bhawan, India, last January, President Joko Widodo revealed the concept of the Indo-Pacific region. It is through a mechanism led by ASEAN and through ASEAN-India partnership. President Joko Widodo believes that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region can be achieved. He further said that the Indo-Pacific concept can naturally be developed based on the ASEAN Cooperation and Cooperation Treaty where all the important countries in the region have become related stakeholders to the agreement.

When called by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on January 15, 2018, Minister Retno Marsudi expressed the same thing. Similarly, when US Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis visited Indonesia shortly thereafter, Minister Retno again pointed out the idea of ​​the Indonesian government to explore more intense international relations in the Indian Ocean, which so far has not been fully regulated.

Indonesia expects the Indo-Pacific region will become one of the main sources of economic growth, trade and industry center of the world. The concept of the Indo-Pacific region was also raised in the annual press speech of Minister Retno Marsudi at the Foreign Ministry Building in Jakarta in early January.

Indonesia is in consultation with ASEAN. Even soon, it will be hosting "one and the half-track diplomacy" which discusses about the Indo Pacific.

The main point of the Indo-Pacific concept that Indonesia has offered is the concept that promotes dialogue and cooperation, instead of competing against one another in which ultimately, the competition will bring about disadvantage for all parties. This concept is jointly shared and no country feels left behind or abandoned by Indonesia.