Younger persons are surprisingly among the many many followers of Didi Kempot, a preferred singer of the campur sari (a mix of conventional Javanese and fashionable music) style.

These trustworthy followers, younger women and men who name themselves “unhappy boys” and “unhappy women”, discover Didi’s tacky, lovelorn lyrics sung in Javanese related to their very own ill-fated love tales. They’ve dubbed the singer Lord Didi, the Godfather of Damaged Hearts.

Born Didi Mulyadi in Surakarta, Central Java, on Dec. 31, 1966, Didi has loved his regular but humble reputation for the reason that begin of his music profession in 1989, in addition to his status because the prince of affection songs for the Javanese folks, who’re scattered throughout the archipelago. CEO Agus Mulyadi lately posted a Twitter thread on why Lord Didi deserves extra consideration from music fanatics.

The thread, which quoted one other tweet about Didi’s current live performance in Balekambang Park, Surakarta, which was attended by a younger crowd singing their damaged hearts out, rapidly caught netizens’ consideration, garnering greater than 7,000 retweets and over 5,000 likes.

Didi himself has jumped into the Twitter pool along with his official account @didikempotid, which since June has collected greater than 65,500 followers.

On YouTube, a video of Didi’s live performance, which was attended by followers of assorted ages and captured by YouTuber Gofar Hilman, trended for a number of days.

On July 23, Didi headlined a live performance in Cikini, Central Jakarta, which was held as a part of the Nationwide Awakening Celebration’s (PKB) 21st anniversary celebration. As an alternative of a non secular or political ambiance, the occasion boasted a energetic ambiance enlivened by a crowd of outdated and new followers who merely sought to take pleasure in his present.

Runi Ayu, 24, a resident of Kedoya in West Jakarta, attended the live performance as a “unhappy woman”, saying it was an expertise like no different.

“I used to be so completely satisfied to be among the many crowd of Didi Lovers, sweating collectively, singing songs about heartbreak,” she informed The Jakarta Publish on Monday.

Runi stated she sang her coronary heart out throughout Didi’s hits, “Banyu Langit” (Water from the Sky) whereas remembering her ex-boyfriend. 

“The lyrics ‘nganti kapan tak enteni sak tekane’ [I will wait forever for you to come back] jogs my memory of my ex, for whom I’ve faithfully waited though he’s not ready for me,” she stated with fun.

“I noticed that these folks [the audience] are unhappy inside, however singing and dancing collectively heals all of our ache!”

Runi, who was born and raised in Bandung, West Java, stated she grew to become aware of Didi Kempot’s songs throughout her college years in Central Java 4 years in the past.

“His music was typically performed on the angkringan [food carts unique to Yogyakarta and Surakarta] the place I used to hang around. I grew to become aware of the music however I can’t say that I’m a die-hard fan.” 

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One other member of the group that evening, 26-year-old graphic designer Hikmah Prahara, noticed a unique facet to the phenomena of Didi’s reputation among the many youthful generations.

“I like listening to his tune as a result of they remind me of my hometown in East Java. Didi’s music is the treatment to my homesickness and makes me proud to be Javanese,” he stated on Monday.

He added that he loved the Didi Kempot phenomena as he might have extra campur sari karaoke periods with fellow Javanese migrants within the capital metropolis. 

“I really feel proud, however I’m additionally aggravated by new followers who snobbishly really feel as in the event that they know extra about Didi Kempot,” he stated, laughing.

Music researcher Irfan R. Darajat from Laras Research of Music in Society informed The Jakarta Publish that to grasp the phenomena, now we have to research the historical past of unhappy songs in Indonesia.

“There was a time when heartbreak songs weren’t seen as [trendy], and indie music, with its exclusivity, tried to keep away from tacky heartbreak songs,” Irfan stated on Monday.

He added that there had been current effort to boost up music that was as soon as thought of “uncool”.

“It’s very hipster; we will say it’s a ‘hipster-washing’ even. Some indie music festivals began to ask dangdut and kasidah [Islamic pop] music teams. Through Valen [a dangdut diva] can sing on Internet TV, for instance.”

Irfan stated Didi Kempot provides a rooting, site-specific, exclusivity of heartbreak songs in Javanese, which inserts completely with the hipster-washing sample.

“Individuals generally tend to wish to be completely different from others, for instance by turning what’s disliked by the bulk into one thing in style,” he stated.

Didi’s shot to mainstream fame, he added, shouldn’t degrade the maestro and current him as one thing “[…] bizarre, cult-like, kitsch or no matter and make Didi’s music look like one thing unique. That’s what worries me,” he stated.

“Didi Kempot is cool, and he has been cool for the reason that very starting [of his career]. Though his present stage of recognition could also be momentary, he has die-hard followers who will root for him till the tip of time.” (kes)


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