The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomes rapper Rich Brian (donning black batik) at Bogor Palace in West Java on July 7. (Antara/BPMI-Kris)
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with Jakarta-born rap star Brian Imanuel Soewarno at Bogor Palace in West Java on Sunday.
As reported by tempo.co, the musician – also known internationally by his stage name Rich Brian – paid the President a visit alongside Creative Economy Agency head Triawan Munaf.
The Cabinet secretary's official account tweeted several photos of the meeting between Jokowi and Brian at the palace.
Presiden @jokowi didampingi Kepala @BekrafID @Triawan, menerima Rich Brian dan Indonesia Creative Incorporated (ICINC), di Istana Kepresidenan Bogor, Jawa Barat, Minggu (7/7). pic.twitter.com/fQSyg0cPVP— Sekretariat Kabinet (@setkabgoid) July 7, 2019
Brian, whose rise to fame was propelled by YouTube-oriented singles like "Living the Dream," and "Dat $tick”, has spent most of his professional career in Los Angeles, United States.
He recently finished working on his second album The Sailor, which is slated for a July 26 release.
The Sailor is said to discuss the changing landscape, collective movement and turmoil of Asian culture.
On the album, Brian shares all the things he has faced throughout his career through literal and metaphorical expressions.
The Sailor will be Brian’s second album after Amen, which was released in 2018. (rfa/kes)