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Band of ministers rocks charity concert for Lombok earthquake victims

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 10, 2018  /  01:42 pm
Band of ministers rocks charity concert for Lombok earthquake victims

Elek Yo Band performs a total of five songs during a charity concert for Lombok earthquake victims. Pictured here is Finance Minister Sri Mulyani (left), Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (center) Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Konser Kemanusiaan untuk Lombok (Humanity Concert for Lombok) was held on Thursday at Cilandak Town Square, South Jakarta, featuring more than 40 musicians, including Kadri Mohammad, Tompi, Armand Maulana, Dewa Budjana, Rossa, Yuni Shara and the highly anticipated performer Elek Yo Band.

Consisting of Cabinet ministers, including Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head Triawan Munaf, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Elek Yo Band first performed at the wedding reception of State Secretary Pratikno’s daughter in Yogyakarta in December.

During the concert, the band played a total of five songs – “Stand by Me”, “Lestari Alamku”, “Bento”, “Andaikan Kau Datang” and “Indonesia Pusaka”. The last two songs featured renowned singer Yuni Shara.

In between songs, Retno encouraged visitors to donate for relief efforts in Lombok.

After the performance, Minister Budi auctioned his locally made guitar and raised another Rp 200 million (US$13,850).

According to kompas.com, the concert raised a total of Rp 2.3 billion.

Charity concert initiator Kadri said he first gathered the musicians in a Komunitas Biduan (Singers Community) WhatsApp group, thinking that they needed to do something for Lombok earthquake victims.

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He invited Sri Mulyani to join the concert. However, since Triawan is also a member of Komunitas Biduan, the band decided to perform in the charity concert.

The charity event was held in collaboration with the University of Indonesia (UI).

Kadri told The Jakarta Post that the university covered the minimum cost and helped them raise the money.

The entire funds will be combined with money raised on kitabisa.com, a fundraising program initiated by music observer Adib Hidayat and Superman is Dead drummer Jerinx aka I Gede Ari Astina. The money will be donated through the UI team.

“The hardest thing is to allocate the money,” said Kadri, saying they would not use the money to purchase food for the victims.

Kadri said they would use the money to build shelters in Lombok and distribute medicine.

“[UI] will send a medical team to Lombok. We will use the money to support them,” said Kadri. (kes)