Greater than 29,000 individuals have signed a web-based petition to induce state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) and the administrations of Central Java and Surakarta to construct a memorial for the late singer Didi Kempot on the metropolis’s Solo Balapan Station.

Hanindha Cholandha, one in every of Didi’s followers and the petition’s initiator, believes the artist deserves to have his personal statue.

“In america, artists and distinguished figures are honored with a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame. So we should always construct a memorial for pakde [uncle] Didi in iconic areas, one in every of them is at Solo Balapan Station as a result of he wrote the track ‘Stasiun Balapan’,” Hanindha stated in an announcement.

Launched in 2016, “Stasiun Balapan” is amongst Didi’s hottest campursari (a mix of conventional Javanese and fashionable music) songs. Carried out in Javanese, it narrates the story of lovers who get separated on the station.

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Hanindha stated the memorial might be within the type of a statue of the late singer or “Stasiun Balapan” lyrics inscription. “The aim is to remind us that Didi Kempot has popularized Surakarta and Solo Balapan Station.”

He added that the development didn’t need to happen in the course of the COVID-19 outbreak. He simply wished the petition to be responded to as a type of appreciation towards Indonesian musicians and artists.

Because it was posted on Might 5, the petition has gathered greater than 29,400 signatures of the 35,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

Plans are literally already beneath means for a memorial for the late singer. Beforehand on Might 10, Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo instructed that his workforce had despatched a letter to the Social Affairs Ministry about honoring Didi Kempot as a gifted musician.

“In regard to his memorial, we should always resolve on the design beforehand,” Rudy stated, including that the statue might be put in on the metropolis’s Solo Balapan Station, Tirtonadi bus station or Tirtonadi park. The administration may also talk about the matter with different artists and cultural observers concerning the placement of the memorial.

Born in Surakarta in 1966, Didi Kempot handed away on Might 5. He was also known as the “Godfather of Damaged Hearts” for performing songs which are relatable to his followers’ unhappy love tales, in the meantime his followers are often known as “unhappy boys”, “unhappy ladies” and “sobat ambyar” (pals of the heartbroken). (wir/kes)


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