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Synchronize Festival 2019 punctuated with #ReformasiDikorupsi grievances

Gisela Swaragita
Gisela Swaragita

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, October 8, 2019  /  04:17 pm
Synchronize Festival 2019 punctuated with #ReformasiDikorupsi grievances

Bali based rock band Navicula expressed concerns about the defanged Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after the ratification of a new law last month. (JP/I Gede Dharma JS)

“Anak indie anti korupsi!” Uji “Hahan” Handoko from koplo disco unit Prontaxan shouted at the top of his lungs to a cheering audience at the second day of Synchronize Festival 2019 at Gambir Expo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta on Saturday. Prontaxan was collaborating with Efek Rumah Kaca (ERK), one of the most prominent indie bands in Indonesia, known for its sharp, critical, political lyrics. ERK was in the middle of its song “Cinta Melulu” when Prontaxan interrupted with its super fast beat koplo tune, which reminded us of the kind of music inter-city truck drivers play to accompany them on long-haul journeys. It is an irony as “Cinta Melulu” criticizes the boom of Malay-pop in Indonesia’s music industry in the 2010s. Some of the audience that did not approve of the koplo remix were seen leaving the pit, while th...