The Jakarta Post
Leo Kristi during one of his many unique performances. (Kompas/Arbain Rambey)
Respected Indonesian balladeer Leo Kristi passed away on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Hospital Bandung in West Java.
The singer was treated for kidney failure at the hospital in the weeks prior to his death.
Leo is known for his ballads, unique onstage performances and his involvement as the co-founder of progressive-rock group Lemon Trees with other singers Gombloh and Franky Sahilatua.
He ultimately detached himself from the group and chose to take on a solo career.
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In his long musical career, Leo Kristi has released several albums, including Nyanyian Fajar ( 1975 ), Nyanyian Malam ( 1976 ), Nyanyian Tanah Merdeka ( 1977 ), Nyanyian Cinta ( 1978 ), Nyanyian Tambur Jalan ( 1980 ), Lintasan Hijau Hitam ( 1984 ), Biru Emas Bintang Tani ( 1985 ).
In the 1990s, he also released Catur Paramita ( 1993 ) and the limited edition CD Tembang Lestari ( 1995 ).
He released Warm, Fresh and Healthy in 2010 and Hitam Putih Orche in 2015.
Leo Kristi, whose real name is Imam Sukarno, was born in Surabaya on Aug. 8, 1949. (asw)