The Jakarta Post
Seventeen band's musical instruments are scattered on the grounds of Tanjung Lesung Resort in Pandeglang regency, Banten, following the tsunami strike on Saturday, Dec. 22. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Indonesian band Seventeen has confirmed the death of its guitarist Herman Sikumbang, crew member Rukmana “Ujang” Rustam and road manager Oki Wijaya following the tsunami that hit Banten on Saturday night.
Bani dimakamkan jam 13.00 di Gamping Herman dimakamkan hari ini di Tidore Oki dimakamkan jam 16.00 di Krapyak Ujang dimakamkan siang ini di Ciledug Sobb @baniseventeen, ko emann @hermanseventeen, poooo @oki_wijaya, jaaaang @rukmanarustam Minta maaf minta ampun aku ga bisa nganterin sampe akhir, aku masih harus cari Dylan sama Andi. Yang tenang yo cahh, Yang ikhlas disana yaaa, InsyaAllah kita disini ga akan putus ngirimin doa sampe kita ktmu lagi nanti.
The band’s vocalist, Riefian “Ifan” Fajarsyah, shared the news on his Instagram account. He also mentioned that he was now waiting on news about the band’s drummer, Andi Windu Darmawan.
“[Bro], @andi_seventeen come back hurry. I’m all alone, please,” he wrote.
Ifan is reportedly still looking for his wife, Dylan Sahara, who went missing following the disaster.
Seventeen frontman Riefian “Ifan” Fajarsyah and his wife Dylan Sahara. Ifan is still looking for his wife, who went missing following a tsunami that hit Banten on Saturday night. (Kompas.com/Dian Reinis Kumampung)
“Ifan is still traumatized [after the incident]. But he needs to be strong, he’s still looking for his wife,” Yulia, representative of Seventeen band management told kompas.com.
Yulia added that Ifan had received information about Dylan's whereabouts. However, when he arrived at the location, she was not there.
Seventeen was performing at an event held by state electricity company PLN on Tanjung Lesung Beach when the tsunami hit. Later that afternoon, the band announced the death of its bassist M. Awal Purbani, also known as Bani, and road manager Oki Wijaya. (jes/mut)
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