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Tika and the Dissidents: The Beauty of No Expectations

She's not just a singer. She's an excellent singerâ€"a diva, to be precise. With that kind of quality, it should've been pretty easy for her to get signed by any huge record label (meaning: better exposure, better promotions, betterâ€"and biggerâ€"financial backup), but she prefers to go the Do-It-Yourself way a.k.a. minimum wage, maximum work, more headache, less sleep. Is she happy with what she's doing?
Sejarah terbentuknya kongegrasi ini dimulai pada 2005 ketika dua anak muda berselera musik seragam, Dawny & Arnold, bersepakat bersekutu di bawah nama The Authentics. Pemilihan titel band sedemikian rupa semata karena mereka menginginkan bunyi-bunyian yang otentik, merepresentasikan keaslian, sebagaimana para pengusung Ska di masa-masa awal. Sudah begitu, di era permulaan The Authentics kerap meng-cover lagu-lagu milik The Slackers, Hepcat, The Skatalites, dan serbaneka Ska tradisional. Namun dalam rentang evolusinya mereka kemudian mulai melebarkan jelajah musikalnya dengan menciptakan senandung yang lebih sederhana, mudah dicerna, kental nuansa bersenang-senang juga ramah-dansa alias danceable; tanpa sama sekali tercerabut dari akar Ska-Swing-Soul-Blues.
She's a teacher, a model and a (great) singer. She's Australian who's been living in Jakarta for quite a while now---and loves it so much. Let's hope she will stay longer---I bet some of the boys would prefer forever---in Indonesia.

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