The Jakarta Post
Indonesian singer Rama Aipahama dies at 63 on March 11. (tribunnews.com/-)
Singer Sayyid Muhammad bin Syagab Al-Idrus, better known as Rama Aiphama, died on Wednesday. He was 63.
Rama, whose hits included "Dinda Bestari", released in 1996, was known for his unique reggae-inspired fashion sense.
Prior to his death, Rama had been complaining of pain in his stomach, according to his son, Kemal Aiphama.
“[Rama] said his stomach was still hurting at 3 a.m. [on early Wednesday]. Even after taking some medicine, he said he was in pain,” Kemal said during Rama’s funeral in Condet, East Jakarta, on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
“I was taking him to the bathroom. We had only taken a few steps when he collapsed and couldn’t get up,” Kemal said.
He said his father did not have the chance to undergo a thorough medical examination.
“It never crossed my mind that he would be gone this fast,” he added.
Rama Aiphama, who was of Arab and Gorontalo descent, was famous as a singer and songwriter in the 1980s and 1990s.
His music was heavily influenced by Malay songs as well as the dangdut and keroncong genres, plus a hint of influences from east Indonesian culture.
Rama is survived by three children. He was buried at Al Muchdar Cemetery in Cimanggis, East Jakarta. (gis)
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