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How a dance genre considered corny crossed boundaries

Almer Mikhail

The Jakarta Post

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Bandung  /  Sun, January 31, 2021  /  03:45 pm
How a dance genre considered corny crossed boundaries

Prontaxan performing with its trademark orange hats at a concert last year (The Jakarta Post/Prontaxan)

On a night bus ride many moons ago, my sleep was interrupted by the driver blaring his playlist of pop hits remixed in a style known as funkot. Tired and defeated, I resigned myself to the fact that I would not get another wink of sleep for the whole ride as the hard-hitting beats endlessly blasted their way inside my head. Somehow though, I did not mind. Funkot—short for funky kota or city funk—is a hardcore mashup of electronic and house music with dangdut sensibilities. Characterized by its high tempo and pitch, breaks and kicks, funkot captures the chaos of the city outskirts that birthed it. Even though it may be stereotyped as "cheap" music, funkot's popularity somehow crosses all social and economic boundaries, even if some will not admit to enjoying it. Its mixes today rake in upward of 5.5 million views on YouTube. Search up "funkot mix" on...