The Jakarta Post
Singer Didi Kempot performs at Synchronize Festival at JI. Expo Kemayoran in Jakarta on Oct. 4, 2019. (Kompas.com/Kristianto Purnomo)
Prior to his death on Tuesday, campursari (a blend of traditional Javanese and modern music) singer Didi Kempot was reportedly involved in the production of a movie titled Sobat Ambyar (Heartbroken Friends), which is the nickname for his fans.
In the film backed by Magma Entertainment, Ideosource Entertainment, Rapi Films and Paragon Pictures, Didi is said to have been an executive producer as well as one of the actors.
Jika Pakde Didi bangga bisa mempersembahkan film Sobat Ambyar, kami jauh lebih bangga berkesempatan mengerjakan project ini bersama beliau.— Sobat Ambyar Film (@sobatambyarfilm) May 9, 2020
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"What got me interested [to get involved in the film] is that it features my songs, such as Kalung Emas [Golden Necklace], Cidro [Cheat] and Pamer Bojo [Show off a New Spouse], which is a first for me as a composer or songwriter," he said during an interview in early March as quoted by tempo.co.
Didi also shared that he found acting to be challenging. "Acting in a movie is not easy. It's easier for me to write songs and sing. However, since we have made a deal, and I like having my songs featured, I have to make adjustments and learn."
Didi, known by his fans as “The Godfather of Broken Hearts”, is hopeful that the film will help his fans understand more about the meanings behind traditional songs. "At least those who are non-Javanese will understand better why people cry when they listen to [my] songs, just like [when people] listen to Julio Iglesias' songs."
"Hopefully, this film will be embraced by all levels in this country, or even globally and be translated to English and other [languages]," he added.
Directed by Charles Gozali and Bagus Bramanti, Sobat Ambyar, slated to premiere this year, also features names such as Bhisma Mulia, Denira Wiraguna, Asri Welas, Mo Sidik, Erick Estrada, Sisca JKT48, Emil Kusumo and Dede Satria.
Born Dionisius Prasetyo in Surakarta on Dec. 31, 1966, Didi Kempot passed away on Tuesday morning at Kasih Ibu Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, at the age of 53, reportedly due to cardiac arrest. Didi was buried later in the afternoon in Ngawi, East Java. (kes)