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06
April

Vika

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We will present the song from West Java Province. Sundanese songs which are often sung with the accompaniment of music Degong or Jaipongan have been sung in other languages, such as Malay and Javanese. The lyrics of the song are about a woman who feels embarrassed when approached by a man. Although the meaning seems simple, the song "ES LILIN" as a whole contains a typical Sundanese poem.The song "BUBUY BULAN" is often presented in various events of West Java rituals, such as weddings, circumcision, and thanksgiving. Similar to "ES LILIN", the song "BUBUY BULAN" is presented in the form of poem. The song "BUBUY BULAN" tells about the deep sense of longing because it is far from the lover. The feeling of longing is more painful when you see someone whose eyes remind the heart to the lover.The song "EUIS" focuses on "Euis", a name or a call from the word "geulis" which in Sundanese means "pretty". In the lyrics of the song "EUIS", there is a man who was teasing and admiring the girl who was called as "EUIS". However, at the end of EUIS's song, it is mentioned that the EUIS mentions, there is someone who begs for love but the way is inappropriate. The song "EUIS" is usually performed duet by a man and a woman.Meanwhile, the song "MOJANG PRIANGAN" describes a "MOJANG PRIANGAN" which means "girl of Priangan" or "West Java girl" who is dressed up simply, but she is so beautiful and sweet. In the West Java community, the term "Mojang Priangan" has developed into a standard of female beauty of Priangan.

04
April

Endah & Rhesa

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Endah N Rhesa is a duo of Indie musicians with two personnel Endah Widiastuti (guitarist & vocalist) and Rhesa Aditya (bassist). Both were met in a rock band in 2003. One year later, Endah and Rhesa decided to leave.

Both are still closely connected in the music after coming out of the rock band. Endah then back to a solo career, with Rhesa as the producer. Later, Endah and Rhesa tried to duet in an acoustic nuance project. It turns that they suitable to play music in a duo namely Endah N Rhesa, in 2005.

The minimalist acoustic music style by  Endah N Rhesa is inspired by various acoustic musicians especially from Indonesia like Anda, Bonita, Bondan Prakoso, and Cozy Street Corner. Starting from the inspiration, Endah N Rhesa continue to released a variety of simple acoustic works but still nice to listen. Every year, Endah N Rhesa regularly performs in various music stages in Indonesia and some countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Australia, and France. Moreover, Endah N Rhesa has received many awards as a musician of alternative music gender.

26
March

Wiwiek Sumbogo

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We will present keroncong songs performed by Indonesian female keroncong singer, Wiwik Sumbogo. Bengawan Solo is a fairly famous keroncong song from Indonesia. This song tells about the longest river in Java, namely Bengawan Solo. The song was composed by Gesang Martohartono or better known as Gesang, in 1940, when he was 23 years old. Not only in Indonesia, this song is also famous, especially in Japan. Bengawan Solo was once used in one of Japan's big-screen movies. The song is translated into 13 languages, including English, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. This original keroncong song has been sung by many singers, including Gesang and Wiwik Sumbogo. Initially, Wiwiek was known as keroncong and Javanese pop singer. Her name is popular, especially in Central Java and East Java regions. This song entitled Sampul Surat tells about someone who is disappointed when receiving a letter, it is an envelope only. With a sense of sadness and disappointment, the cover of the letter is kept as a memory. Wiwiek Sumbogo's career began to rise when she released an Indonesian pop album entitled “Loyang dan Besi”. In the era of 80s, Wiwik had released several albums. In addition to launching a number of albums, the singer who has the original name Dewi Prasetyawati Sumbogo also often performed on the music show on national television station, TVRI. In addition to having a melodious voice, Wiwik also has a beautiful face.

23
March

Balinese songs

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We will present Indonesia regional song from Bali.Balinese songs are sung in Balinese, an Austronesian language from Sundik branch and more specifically, it’s called Bali-Sasak language. This language is commonly used in Bali, the western island of Lombok and slightly on the eastern tip of Java. As the title suggests, this song tells about memory or recollection in Beratan Lake, one of the tourist objects in Bali. It’s a sweet memory when someone first acquainted with someone else. The content of this song is rhythmical and performed well by Widi Widiana. He is one of the male singers from Bali who mostly sings Balinese songs. Lake Beratan is so beautiful. Thus, it becomes one of the best and most beautiful lakes in the world. The fact was included in the World's 20 Most Beautiful Lakes, which is published on page www.huffingtonpost.com. Not surprisingly, many people come to visit and carve a beautiful memory there. This song tells about a young man who admires and loves the beauty of a Balinese girl named ‘Sukreni’. Unlike Widi Widiana's previous song, the nuance of traditional Balinese music is much felt in this song. The combination of pop genre and musical nuance of the song makes this song more comfortable to listen to. Widi Widiana is a popular singer among Balinese people. His debut as a Balinese pop singer began in 1994. It was marked by the release of his first album entitled "Tunangan Tiang", which is a compilation album with other Balinese pop singers. But in 1991, Widi and Diana Band have pioneered the journey as musical artists. The music group, which consists of Widi's family, usually performs from hotel to hotel. They bring different types of songs ranging from dangdut and pop to reggae. In singing, they use the Bali language, Indonesia, and English. Widi Widiana's first solo album appeared in 1996, entitled “Sesapi Putih”. The second solo album was released  in 1997 with the Sampek Ing Tay label. Until now, Widi has released nine compilation albums and 11 solo albums. His average cassettes were sold over 25,000 copies, even his album entitled ‘Tepen Unduk’ (Ketiban Sial) was sold over 50,000 copies. Throughout his career in the singing world , Widi had won the title of best singer, a version of Bali Music Award I.

21
March

D’Massive

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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.

19
March

Bram Aceh

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Voice of Indonesia presents keroncong songs by Bram Aceh. The song entitled Mawar Sekuntum is the original keroncong song. Mawar Sekuntum describes a beautiful woman. The lyrics in the song are written using poetic words : Bilakah kuncup mawar indah mekar, lama sudah aku menanti ingin memetik sekuntum. Dikala cahya senja kemerah-merahan tertiup angin pasang merayu kesuma...” (When will the beautiful roses bloom, I'll wait for patiently, the time to pick it... in the light of dusk etc..) The original keroncong songs Mawar Sekuntum has also been sung by many singers, including Bram Aceh. The singer has a strong vocal character. His ability to sing various genders of song, especially keroncong songs has been known all over the archipelago even in some neighboring countries. Bram Aceh was also known as “the Father of Indonesian Keroncong”.

The song “Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama” tells us about how beautiful of the night when the full moon shines. The beauty can even remove the feeling of sadness or misery. The song “Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama” was composed by R. Maladi, former Minister of Information and State Minister of Youth and Sports in the 60s era. Listener, Bram Aceh was born in Banda Aceh, on March 4th 1913 with the real name of Abraham Titaley. Since he was born and grew up there, Bram was eventually known as Bram Aceh.

Bram Aceh’s career in Indonesian keroncong music began when he moved to Jakarta in 1930s. At that time, Bram became a keroncong singer at Pasar Gambir, a night market originally called Koninginnedag or the Queen's Day, which was held to honor and celebrate the coronation of the Dutch Queen Wilhemina. In 1934, Bram managed to make his first vinyl record. In 1955, Bram Aceh won the Keroncong Jakarta Raya contest. Then, Bram Aceh often appeared in various keroncong performances in tourism attractions and some big hotels in Jakarta. Besides Indonesia, Bram Aceh also had time to sing in Tong Tong Night Market, Den Haag, Netherlands in 1981 and 1982. Then on May 8th, 2001, Bram Aceh passed away in Jakarta due to the age factor. However, his talent and singing habits are revealed to his grandchildren who follow his footsteps in the music world, such as Harvey Malaiholo, Irma June, and Glenn Fredly.

16
March

Music Corner

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Voice of Indonesia presents  the songs from Bali. Balinese songs are sung in Balinese, an Austronesian language from Sundik branch and more specifically, it’s called Bali-Sasak language. This language is commonly used in Bali, the western island of Lombok and slightly on the eastern tip of Java. The song entitled “Memori Danau Beratan” tells about memory or recollection in Beratan Lake, one of the tourist objects in Bali. It’s a sweet memory when someone first acquainted with someone else. The content of this song is rhythmical and performed well by Widi Widiana. He is one of the male singers from Bali who mostly sings Balinese songs. Lake Beratan is so beautiful. Thus, it becomes one of the best and most beautiful lakes in the world. The fact was included in the World's 20 Most Beautiful Lakes, which is published on page www.huffingtonpost.com. Not surprisingly, many people come to visit and carve a beautiful memory there.

The song entitled Sukreni Balinese Girl tells about a young man who admires and loves the beauty of a Balinese girl named ‘Sukreni’. Unlike Widi Widiana's previous song, the nuance of traditional Balinese music is much felt in this song. The combination of pop genre and musical nuance of the song makes this song more comfortable to listen to. Widi Widiana is a popular singer among Balinese people. His debut as a Balinese pop singer began in 1994. It was marked by the release of his first album entitled "Tunangan Tiang", which is a compilation album with other Balinese pop singers. But in 1991, Widi and Diana Band have pioneered the journey as musical artists. The music group, which consists of Widi's family, usually performs from hotel to hotel. They bring different types of songs ranging from dangdut and pop to reggae. In singing, they use the Bali language, Indonesia, and English. Widi Widiana's first solo album appeared in 1996, entitled “Sesapi Putih”. The second solo album was released  in 1997 with the Sampek Ing Tay label. Until now, Widi has released nine compilation albums and 11 solo albums. His average cassettes were sold over 25,000 copies, even his album entitled ‘Tepen Unduk’ (Ketiban Sial) was sold over 50,000 copies. Throughout his career in the singing world , Widi had won the title of best singer, a version of Bali Music Award I.

14
March

Musikimia band

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We will present the songs from MUSIKIMIA band. A song “Apakah Harus Seperti Ini” is sung by Musikimia Band. The sad song was the first single from Musikimia band. Musikimia is a band that was formed exactly on the 67th anniversary of Indonesian Independence Day, on August 17, 2012. Musikimia consists of four personnel, namely Fadly (vocalist), Rindra (bassist), Yoyo (drummer), and Stephan Santoso (guitarist ). The three personnel Fadly, Rindra, and Yoyo have familiar among Indonesian music lovers. They were personnel of Padi Band. Fadly, Rindra and Yoyo started the Musikimia project with a twitter account to share interesting information about music. From the twitter, they also agreed to use Musikimia as the name of their music project that symbolizes the bonds of inter-personal in music.

Although it was formed in 2012, Musikimia launched its debut single entitled "Apakah Harus Seperti Ini" and the album entitled "Indonesia Is ..." in 2013. Then in 2016, Musikimia released a second album entitled "Intersisi." The musical works of Musikimia have quite different styles from Padi band, although three of the four personnel have long been working in Padi. Talking about Musikimia Band, it cannot be separated from Padi band. Some media or netizens always compare the two bands. Moreover, some people said that Musikimia is a protest of Fadly , Rindra, and Yoyo when Piyu, their friend in Padi band, is still busy with his solo project. With the re-unification of the Padi Band in 2018, many people, especially the fans are worried about the existence of Musikimia for the future.

07
March

The Effek Rumah Kaca

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We will present some beautiful songs from Effek Rumah Kaca Group Band. The song entitled "Cinta Melulu" is one of the leading songs by the Effek Rumah Kaca band. The lyrics usually criticize on monotonous music industry in Indonesia because it is dominated by romantic songs. In addition to "Cinta Melulu", several other songs of the Effek Rumah Kaca are also full of criticisms of social and political issues. Criticism through a simple pop music is actually the main theme presented by the band that has been formed in Jakarta since 2001. Although the criticism and arrangements are always awaited, it takes six years for the Effek Rumah Kaca Band to be independently perform. After riding in two compilation albums with various other bands, Efek Rumah Kaca finally released their first album in 2006 and received many positive responses from the real world and cyberspace. If the Indonesian-themed songs from other bands always have positive nuance and raising the spirit of nationalism, the Effek Rumah Kaca choosed another way. Through the song "Menjadi Indonesia", the Band reminded all people about the real condition. Since 2015, due to one of its personnel continued his study in the United States, the Effek Rumah Kaca reduced its frequency of its performance on stage. However, the Band still took the time to satisfy its fanatic fans through a "sudden celebration" entitled "Suddenly Concert" (in 2016) and "Suddenly Concert Again" (in 2017).The Effek Rumah Kaca will become representative of Indonesia in the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas, US, on March 9-13, 2018. In order to successfully perform at SXSW, the Efek Rumah Kaca Band conducting fundraising through the concert. Although it has already became a big band and famous in the country, the Effek Rumah Kaca openly declared that it needs amount of funds to join the festival.

02
March

Music Corner

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Music Corner is a musical segment which introduces you to Indonesian music either traditional or modern one. In today’s edition, we’ll present the songs of the people of Banten. Banten is a province resulted from the growing region  from the West Java province. The majority of the population are Sundanese, so no wonder if the local people mostly speak Sundanese, and the song you just heard also sounds Sundanese. YU RAGEM BELAJAR song was sung by A. Syahri Aliman and it contains a series of messages that teachers and students are always devoted to parents and always studious and diligent to pray. The song consisting of 12 lines is slow-paced with simple lyrics. YU RAGEM BELAJAR was usually sung by parents when their son was about to sleep and became an irreplaceable night entertainment by the children of Banten in the past. A song entitled “IBU” tells about the story of a mother's struggle in childbirth, raising and caring for her child. The lyric of this song is simple, but it has a moral message of its own, where the child must be obedient to the mother for good. The song entitled “TONG SARAKAH” or means ‘do not be greedy’ reminds that human beings are not greedy in life and they must always remember the life of the hereafter.

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