Homegrown & Well Known: ODECK ARIAWAN

Soon after he made the decision to quit working for a Seattle-based cruise company, Odeck began a mini cuisine revolution by introducing—arguably—the first ever fine dining concept to the Ubud food scene via “Ary’s Warung”.

Homegrown & Well Known: ROBI NAVICULA

Flamboyant and charismatic, Robi, supported by his band, Navicula, is one of a few pioneers of all this green activism among Indonesian musicians.

Dethu and His Non-Traditional Music Bible

A new book telling the story of non-traditional music in Bali over the past four decades was released and launched at Antiba Arts in Sanur last weekend.

Book on Balinese Music Launched

Dozens of Balinese performers of various music genres gathered at the Serambi Arts Antida studio on Saturday night to celebrate the launch of a book on the journey of non-traditional music from Bali over the last decades.

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: REBEKAH E. MOORE

Edition: November 30, 2011

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: REBEKAH E. MOORE
Rock For Our Rights: The Planets Rarest and Most Radical Protest Songs

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Bekah herself ::

This stage has no podium. These musicians are not politicians, news reporters, or educators. They are Indonesian citizens who share, with those in the pit tonight, a concern for justice. This rock concert is a demonstration: a loud, emotion-filled rally for honesty and equality. The dissenters do not move forward, marching in unison. They move in danceamoshing, head banging, grasping compatriots, and singing, in unison, songs that unite them and give poetic shape to a deep longing for something better, for one and all…

I found these words in my research journal in 2010, written shortly after accompanying Bali-based grunge/psychedelic rock band Navicula on a tour to Jakarta to launch their latest single, “Metropolutan” (Metro-pollutant). One week earlier, the song was released for free download on the Internet.

“Metropolutan” marked the band’s latest critique of environmental degradation in Indonesia, a response to the pollution crisis in the nation’s capital. Each night of the tour, hundreds of Navicula fans crammed into Jakarta venues and sang this song collaboratively, having memorized the lyrics after just a few days of repeated listening.

As an ethnomusicologist, I came to Indonesia to study the development of the independent music industry in Bali following the 2002 bombings. But that tour, and my many other encounters with music activism in Indonesia and throughout my career have led me to a preoccupation with music as it debates and defines social justice.

For my installation in this Rock-n-Roll Exhibition, I present just a handful of the many protest songs I’ve encountered over the years and across nations. I exclude such distinguished artists as Rage Against The Machine or Bob Marley, as well as a number of definitive protest anthems, from Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” to Phil Ochs’ “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” despite my immense respect for these artists and anthems. Rather than revisiting the familiar classics (though I still sneak in a few favorites), I opt to explore a selection of artists—diverse in their styles, origins, and social concerns—who may be lesser known, and whose lyrical themes or personal activism has tantalized and scandalized their respective nations.

In the mushrooming heat of global activism in which we find ourselves today—the fire that started on Tahrir Square and spread to Wall Street now burns in the hearts of rebels throughout this very nation—these real radicals of rock demonstrate that change begins with a brave and loud few. These musicians, I contend, uphold the highest standards of human rights and our greatest hope that, in Sam Cooke’s prophetic words, “a change is gonna come.”

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Domestic Groove: CHOLIL MAHMUD

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Seven is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it’s an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia’s public figures are really into, musically speaking.

For the 14th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Cholil Mahmud.

Konser Kejutan & Bebas Bea Michael Franti di Bali

Artikel mengenai konser Michael Franti ini tayang pertama kali pada 28 Desember 2010 di situs Rolling Stone Indonesia. Saya tampilkan di situs pribadi saya demi mendokumentasikan tulisan yang pernah saya buat untuk arsip yang sahih lagi sinambung.

Today! BCF! Bali HipHop Community! 3 PM!

Bali Creative Festival
Street Performance
Today, Friday, December 03, 2010; 3-6.30 PM
Art Center, Denpasar – Bali

BHC recognizes that Hiphop culture is NOT the commercialized corporate rap business which exploits the culture and its artists for profit. BHC is strongly against this exploitation. BHC adheres to the true Hiphop principles of PEACE, UNITY, POSITIVITY, CREATIVITY and ELEVATION of MIND, BODY, SPIRIT and SKILL. BHC acknowledges Hiphop culture as a powerful tool that can be used for self-development, economic empowerment and social change, and promotes Hiphop as such.

Bali Creative Festival: Ragam E-Poster Acara

Bali Creative Festival
Perayaan potensi terbaik insan kreatif Bali
3-6 Desember 2010, 10.00-22.00
Art Centre, Denpasar

…Bali Creative Festival bukan sekadar perayaan kreatifitas. Pelaksanaannya di Bali merupakan simbolik dari kehidupan dinamis dua dunia: Kehidupan masa lalu yang dicirikan dengan tradisi dan budaya yang kaya nilai-nilai dan kehidupan modern yang penuh dinamika yang menjadi pintu bagi dunia internasional.
Hal ini sangat penting bagi insan kreatif Indonesia untuk mengapresiasi, belajar dan terinspirasi dalam iklim kehidupan yang penuh dinamika sebagaimana kita temui di Bali…

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