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Leo Kristi: HIS JOURNEY CONTINUES WITH SPIRIT

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Sat, September 5 2009   /  12:44 pm
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(JP/Dian Kuswandini)In silver sneakers, pink trousers and yellow hat, Leo Kristi seems to be saying loud and clear that he’s not going to let age take the shine off his persona.

Saying he forgot he just celebrated his 60th birthday, this noted troubadour — he’s made his name as a traveling poet–musician — feels he’s still young enough to spread the spirit of freedom among the people he meets during his journeys. “Actually, I thought I was still 50,” says Leo, who celebrated his birthday on Aug. 8. “But then my friends reminded me: ‘Mas, you’re already 60!’,” he laughs. At 60, the country’s living folk music legend says he’s more passionate about life than ever, including in continuing his work of collecting stories from across the archipelago, blending them with rhythm and sharing them on stage. “Every part of Indonesia has its own uniqueness; all ...