Keroncong Genre

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 :

Anggun C Sasmi

I remember this singer. I saw her in a rocker style. “Tua-tua Keladi” is a song that I remember the most. She was popular in Indonesia at that time.  Then, she disappeared for many years, and  I got shock when I saw her  come back in Indonesian music industry. I saw her sing  with English song “Snow on the Sahara” and….her performance and style are totally different. She more looks like a woman than before, and I like her style now. She lives in France now with her family. She is become an international singer, which is rare gained by Indonesian celebrity here.
And she is six years older than me…hahahahahaha…..(not important info isn’t it? :D)

ok, back to the topic, by the way, i got her official website : http://www.anggun.com/ you can see her video clip Je Partirai in here too. It’s her newest. If you are a fan of her, you can go to this site : http://www.anggunworld.com/eng/ [cel].

Anggun

 

 

Dangdut is Music of My Country

Dangdut. Have you ever heard this kind of music? This kind of music is very famous in Indonesia. Most of people in Indonesia like dangdut. Well not all people like it, specially teenager who think that dangdut is not cool for their age, but I am sure deep in their heart they will like this music in time. Because this music is already in Indonesian blood…hahaha…. well, it just my opinion. Don’t get offended. I was one of teenager who thought that dangdut was not cool for my age, and when i am grown up…i turn to like this music. LOL

For me, there are two kinds of Dangdut’s singer: the singer who dance with an erotic move and the singer who don’t do that. I like Dangdut singer who DO NOT dance with an erotic move, because i can focus to the voice and the song.

Dangdut has various style too, there are: dangdut pop, dangdut rock, dangdut jazz, etc.

Since dangdut is music of my country, we surely have the king of Dangdut.  He is  Rhoma Irama. Who was very famous in my mother’s young time. Here is his performance:

His son, Ridho Rhoma, also follow his father career in Dangdut music. Like his father, he is become  popular. He is handsome, good-looking, and  has nice voice. You can check it in here:

Do you like his soft voice?

And here the web to see more video music clip from various Dangdut singer, male and female, in Indonesia: http://www.dangdut.us/

oh oh…i almost forget…several months ago, i watched tv news here, that in Japan there was dangdut club. A club for japanese or people who like dangdut. I forgot in which city the club is . But i remember the singer can sing popular dangdut song very fluently although she and her band don’t really understand the meaning 🙂

So, do you like Dangdut music?

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Agnes Monica “Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen”

Agnes Monica is one of Indonesian celebrity. She has dream to go international, which is not too easy to pursue here. She proved her word when she said that. She collaborated with an American R&B singer Keith Martin in Whaddup A..?! (Her second album). In 2005, she appeared in two Taiwanese drama series, The Hospital and Romance In the White House. She participated in 2008 and 2009 Asia Song Festival, which took place in Seoul, South Korea; and she received “Best Asian Artist Award” for each her participation there from the chairman of Korea Foundation for International Culture and Exchange. In 2010, she was one of the international hosts on the red carpet of American Music Award of 2010 in LA, United States.

Actually, Agnes started her career in entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has recorded three albums and become one of the most popular child singers in the 1990s. She also became a presenter of several children’s television programs and actress in several soap operas here.

Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen!

That mantra helped Agnes to achieve her dreams.

Isn’t that inspiring you? [cel]

You can find a lot of her information in her official website: http://www.agnesmonicaofficial.com

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