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Spotify releases Independence Day playlist

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, August 18, 2017 | 11:03 am
Spotify releases Independence Day playlist

Dubbed 'Satu Indonesia' (One Indonesia), the playlist starts with an upbeat track “Bendera” (The Flag) from Indonesian band Cokelat. (Shutterstock/File)

As Indonesia celebrates its 72nd Independence Day that falls on Aug. 17, online music streaming app Spotify launched a special playlist consisting of 45 songs that are said to describe the pride of being an Indonesian.

Dubbed Satu Indonesia (One Indonesia), the playlist starts with an upbeat track “Bendera” (The Flag) from Indonesian band Cokelat. The streaming app suggests the song to be played during competitions that are usually held across neighborhoods during the celebration, such as panjat pinang (climbing the slippery pole), balap karung (sack race) and makan kerupuk (eating crackers hung from a rope). Other songs recommended by the app are “Hari Merdeka” (Independence Day), also by Cokelat, and “Buka Semangat Baru” (Open a New Spirit) by Ello, Barry, Ipank and Lala Karmela.

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'Panjat pinang' (climbing the slippery pole) is one of the competitions that are held to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day.'Panjat pinang' (climbing the slippery pole) is one of the competitions that are held to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day. (shutterstock.com/dani daniar/File)

Other than cheerful songs, the playlist also suggests songs to be listened to during the flag ceremony, one of the most important traditions during Independence Day, such as "Satu Nusa Satu Bangsa” (One Island, One Nation) by Surya Children Choir and Clarissa Tamara, the chorus version of the national anthem “Indonesia Raya” by Idris Sardi or its instrumental version by Steve Handoyo Ensemble, and an unique arrangement of “Indonesia Pusaka” (Indonesian Heritage).

Among other musicians featured this playlist are Bandanaira, Tulus, Endank Soekamti, Gombloh and Keenan Nasution. (kes)

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