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David Koeswoyo reveals plan for Koes Plus tribute album

Nedi Putra AW

The Jakarta Post

Malang, East Java  /  Mon, December 30, 2019  /  01:00 pm
David Koeswoyo reveals plan for Koes Plus tribute album

Musician David Koeswoyo (Instagram/official.davidkoeswoyo/File)

Founded in Jakarta 1969, Koes Plus is one of the most recognized bands in Indonesia. Its members, the Koeswoyo brothers from East Java, owed their 1970s heyday to their rock and roll music.

David Koeswoyo, son of the late vocalist Yon Koeswoyo, has kept the music going with his new band, Junior.

“We plan to make a Tribute to Koes Plus album next year,” said David upon visiting the Indonesian Music Museum in Malang, East Java, on Sunday. The musician had stopped by the town for a Sunday night show called Koes Plus Nite.

David Koeswoyo (left) poses with the head of the Indonesian Music Museum, Hengki Herwanto, in Malang, East Java, on Sunday.David Koeswoyo (left) poses with the head of the Indonesian Music Museum, Hengki Herwanto, in Malang, East Java, on Sunday. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)

He said the album would be a collaborative effort with Rans Music, a record label founded by celebrity Raffi Ahmad.

"It will be similar to the Salute to Koes Plus/Bersaudara album, which was released in 2004 and made by [composer] Erwin Gutawa. It is heavy on the pop side with guest singers and musicians,” David said, adding that the album would also be available a digital platform. 

Read also: Koes Plus vocalist Yon Koeswoyo passes away

David remained tight-lipped about details of the album, since it is still in its early phase.

Regarding the planned Koes Plus Museum, the musician said the museum was initially going to be established in East Java’s Tuban, as that was the birth town of the members. However, objections arose from family members. “They wanted the museum to be established and taken care of by the Koeswoyo family,” he said.

Junior is currently making a compilation album titled The Legends with fellow 1990s bands, including Bunglon, Lingua and The Fly. “Every band will contribute three songs to the album,” said David, who added that Junior had picked its hit “Bujangan” and two new singles for the project. (wng)

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