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2019 Synchronize Festival, Erwin Gutawa to honor legendary Indonesian singer Chrisye

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, August 27, 2019  /  12:50 pm
2019 Synchronize Festival, Erwin Gutawa to honor legendary Indonesian singer Chrisye

Lake Stage at the 2018 Synchronize Festival at Gambir Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta. ( Gita)

Legendary Indonesian singer Chrisye died in 2007 but his legacy lives on.

In its latest tribute to Chrisye, the Synchronize Festival is collaborating with composer Erwin Gutawa this year to stage a special performance of the late singer-songwriter’s original recordings, titled Chrisye Live by Erwin Gutawa.

Erwin worked with Chrisye from the 1990s until the latter’s death. They collaborated on numerous albums and concerts, and Erwin even honored Chrisye with a concert featuring a hologram of him in 2012.

The 2019 Synchronize Festival will also spotlight campur sari (a blend of traditional Javanese and modern music) maestro Didi Kempot, who first gained fame in 1989 but has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the younger generation for his forlorn love songs. He is widely referred to as the Godfather of Broken Hearts by his fans, the Sad Boys and Sad Girls.

 Read also: Didi Kempot's sad Javanese songs strike a chord with younger generations

The concert will offer another taste of nostalgia through Six Strings with Jopie Item, a project involving Indonesia’s finest guitar players, such as Dewa Budjana, Baron, Tohpati, Baim and Eross Chandra.

The 2019 Synchronize Festival is slated for Oct. 4-6 at Gambir Expo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. A line-up of 77 performers has been confirmed for the show, including Tulus, Danilla, The Adams, Seringai, NDX AKA and Sheila on 7.

Tickets are priced at Rp 250,000 (US$ 15.81) for a daily pass and Rp 500,000 for a three-day pass at the festival's website. (gis/wng)

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