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.”

♬ Radio streaming live: http://army.wavestreamer.com:6356/listen.pls

Negara dalam Keadaan Bahaya

Aktivis hiphop mbalela Marzuki Mohammad alias Kill the DJ kali ini datang bersuara lantang, mengingatkan semua orang bahwa negeri ini sedang limbung dan goyang lewat tembang “Negara dalam Keadaan Bahaya”.

Sangat direkomendasikan untuk disimak serta silakan diunduh bebas bea.

Awas Serigala!

Manusia serigala bertebaran di sekitar kita. Sepertinya ungkapan tersebut tepat untuk menggambarkan fenomena yang kian kerap terungkap di negeri Ini. Coba kita kilas balik, tentu masih lekat di ingatan kejadian memalukan sekaligus menyedihkan dimana perempuan yang menjadi korban: Syekh Puji (praktek pedofilia, menikahi gadis di bawah umur), A’a Gym (poligami sumbang, ingkar janji), Anand Krishna (pelecehan seksual), serta yang terbaru Zainuddin MZ (pelecehan seksual).

Video: Intelligent Hoodlum – Black and Proud

A low budget videoclip—and pretty bad editing. But totally a great song with ultra sharp lyrics.

♫ Can’t stop the bum rush―no sell out, no sell out ♬

Profil Umum 7 Calon Pimpinan KPK 2010

Artikel ini saya peroleh dari Transparency International Indonesia. Sepertinya layak untuk kita ketahui. Semoga saja yang akhirnya terpilih adalah sosok yang kompeten sehingga penyakit kronis korupsi di negeri ini bisa segera habis dibasmi. Semoga saja.

Twitter Wars in Asia

by Hera Diani

Conservative and liberal Muslims in Indonesia are taking their fight for hearts and minds to Twitter. Is that good or bad?

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: UCOK HOMICIDE

Edition: December 16, 2009

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: UCOK HOMICIDE
An Ode to Septian Dwicahyo and Random Mantras on Waking Up The Dead B-Boyism

:: Playlist, notes and photos, written and handpicked by Ucok Himself ::

…Kalender menunjukkan 1982 saat gelombang pertama hiphop mampir di Indonesia,
tepatnya saat breakdance booming pertama kali
dan mendadak generasi Catatan si Boy menari kejang di setiap lapangan volley kosong.
Mungkin saat itu pertama kalinya saya berkenalan dengan skema bernama Rap, dan musik bernama Hiphop.

Long story short, Hiphop was my first love, menggugah dan menginspirasi.
Membangkang dan menyalakan nyali.
Sesuatu yang sulit didapat jika kalian mendengar hiphop hari ini

So in the name of the shadows of Septian Dwi Cahyo’s moonwalk sight,
celana sport merecet, sarung tangan kulit, headband dan spirit melawan kebosanan,
here goes the list of 31 cuts,
chosen randomly to represent the spectre of once banality-bashing passion called Hiphop…

LANJUTKAN!

Kiamat mungkin memang sudah dekat.
Keadilan untuk semua bisa jadi cuma dusta, fana
Kebahagiaan abadi, surga-neraka, semata tinja

Tapi jangan pernah putus berhasrat
Harus ogah menyerah
Sebab tinggal asa, harapan, yang kita punya
Agar senyum senantiasa benderang di wajah kita

Bagai musafir, melanglang berkelana, berlari
Kejar mimpi
Kejar mimpi
Kejar terus mimpi

Berharap, bermimpi, berlari

SELAMAT TAHUN BARU 2010

Bersulang,
RUDOLF DETHU

NASAKOM: Nasionalisme Aku Ompong. Hiya!

Tampaknya belakangan ini makin banyak telunjuk dari Nusantara deras mengarah menuju kerajaan jiran, Malaysia. Jari itu berbalutkan amarah membuncah. Lontaran kalimat beringas “tidak makan bangku sekolahan” pun melengkapinya. Plus bonus barbekyu bendera Jalur Gemilang…

Segala kegerahan tingkat nasional itu diawali oleh manuver Malaysia yang dianggap telah melangkahi kewibawaan Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia. Tindak tanduk tetangga—nasionalisasi batik, Reog Ponorogo, lagu Rasa Sayange, tari Pendet, pulau Jemur—memunculkan ketersinggungan gigantik. Mendadak saja pemuda pemudi mulai Aceh hingga Papua lebur jadi satu bersepakat bersikap anti pada si tetangga yang sama-sama Melayu, lalu menyebutnya dengan nama baru: Malingsia. Bukan cuma itu, ada yang lebih spektakuler, sesosok sesepuh partai besar terang-terangan menyerukan komando, “Ganyang Malaysia!” Benar, gairah kebangsaan, jumawa pada negeri sendiri, semangat mengabdi, bela negara & tindak chauvinistik, serbaneka bau nasionalisme mendadak merebak menyengat ke seluruh penjuru. Ranah virtual—utamanya Facebook dan Twitter—didominasi oleh gemuruh gerutu masygul. Para tua-muda tiba-tiba menunjukkan simpati besar pada Merah Putih, Garuda Pancasila, Indonesia Raya, ultra bangga memproklamirkan dirinya sebagai orang Indonesia.

Video: Pengunduran Diri Soeharto

Asal tahu saja, setiap kali saya merasa bete, putus asa, gairah jeblok, hiburan saya salah satunya yang paling efektif agar saya girang lagi adalah menonton video pengunduran diri daripada Soeharto ini. Jika manusia bengis nan tak terbantahkan se-Maha Esa Soeharto saja bisa terjungkal, masa saya dengan persoalan seiprit saja tak bisa bangkit dan bangun? Yip yip.

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