My late aunt and uncle, both were husband and wife, were the fans of Keroncong genre. My aunt is actually a music teacher who teach Violin. Since I was a kid I often heard the music style from tape of my uncle. We were neighbor. Their house was next to mine. So, I am familiar with this kind of music. Well, I am not a fans of Keroncong but I like to hear the music sometime. I searched from engine about the Keroncong. Maybe this will help you to know more about it:
Kroncong (pronounced “kronchong”; Indonesian: Keroncong, Dutch: Krontjong) is the name of a ukulele-type instrument and an Indonesian musical style that typically makes use of the kroncong (the sound chrong-chrong-chrong comes from this instrument, so the music is called keronchong), the band or combo or ensemble (it called as keronchong orchestra) consist of a flute, a violin, a melody guitar, a cello in pizzicato style, string bass also in pizzicato, and a female or male singer. Kroncong music began in the 16th century as sailors from the Portuguese Empire brought Portuguese instruments and music to Indonesia.(source www. wikipedia.org).
Do we have Maestro of Keroncong? Yes, we have the maestro of Keroncong here. His name is Gesang Martohartono or Gesang. He was born in Surakarta, Central Java on October 1, 1917. He composed “Bengawan Solo”, which is very popular throughout the world. Specially in Japan and Asia. He composed it when he was 23 years old. Gesang died on 20 May 2010 at the age of 92. He left his entire fortune (of some $20 million) to the charity “Music in Youth”.[cel].
If you want to see our maestro, hear his voice and song of Bengawan Solo, watch this:
If you want to hear “Bengawan Solo” in another language and various music genre, watch this:
We also have Keroncong’s Diva such as: Waldjinah, Sundari Sukoco and Hetty Koes Endang. But I will talk about them later.
Perhaps this genre is not as popular as in war and struggle time in Indonesia. Perhaps some people, specially youth, think this music is for old people. But there are young men, Bondan Prakoso ft. Fade 2 Black who make Kroncong sounds cool for youth. Check this out :