The Jakarta Post
Dewa 19 live on stage featuring Ari Lasso and Ahmad Dhani's third son, Dul Djaelani, on the main 2019 We The Fest stage, held at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Friday, July 19, 2019. (JP/I Gede Dharma JS)
Legendary Indonesian rock band Dewa 19 brought a sense of nostalgia to the 2019 We The Fest (WTF) in JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, with its performance on Friday, taking festivalgoers back to the 1990s and 2000s with a rousing playlist of hit songs.
Former Dewa 19 singer Ari Lasso led the band, which featured Dul Djaelani, son of Dewa 19 founder and musician Ahmad Dhani, who is now in prison because of a defamation case.
The band began its performance on the main WTF Stage with the 1995 single "Restoe Bumi" (Earth's Blessing), followed by singles from the same album, Terbaik Terbaik (The Best The Best), such as "Cukup Siti Nurbaya" (Siti Nurbaya is enough) and "Satu Hati" (One Heart).
"Good evening little brothers and sisters!" Ari Lasso said greeting the audience, which was full of Generation Z party-goers. "Most of you probably weren't born yet when these songs were released in 1995."
Nevertheless, the audience sang every word to the songs, even as the band began performing hits from its 2001 album, such as "Arjuna Mencari Cinta" (Arjuna Looks for Love), "Risalah Hati" (Letter from the Heart) and "Roman Picisan" (Seedy Romance).
Dewa 19 continued with singles such as "Kangen" (Longing) and "Cinta kan Membawamu Kembali" (Love will Bring You Back).
The performance was concluded with the timeless smash "Separuh Nafas" (Half Breath), released in 2000.
Dewa 19 has been active since 1986, producing iconic albums and hit singles. During the band’s journey, fans have seen many line-up changes and for some time, name changes.
The band released its ninth album “Kerajaan Cinta” (Kingdom of Love) in 2007. (mut)
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