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Jakarta Post

Naif: Charming children with music, comic

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 23 2008   /  10:53 am

Naif band members (from right to left) Jarwo, illustrator of BonBinBen book Dodot, David, Emil and Pepeng. (JP/Ary Hermawan) It all started as a joke. David the vocalist was called the gorilla by the other Naif band members, Pepeng the drummer got the nickname the big-nosed monkey, the bassist Emil was dubbed the big bad wolf and Jarwo the guitar became known as the pony. The joke inspired them to create a cartoon strip about a band which plays children's songs called BonBinBen, short for Kebon Binatang Band or Zoo Band. The BonBinBen members are animal avatars of their Naif counterparts: a wolf named Si Gala, a gorilla named Si Gori, a pony named Si Kupon and a monkey named Si Dungde. They all reside in Rimba Hijau Kemilau (Sparkling green jungle). "We actually had thought about this idea in 2003 when we decided to make merchandise with our pictures as ...