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Jakarta Post

Songwriter Gesang dies at 92

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 21 2010   /  11:20 am

Keroncong maestro Gesang Martohartono, whose songs gained  fame all the way to Japan,  passed away Thursday shortly after 6 p.m. in Surakarta, Central Java, after being hospitalized since last week. He was 92. Earlier rumors of his death, worsened by the speed of news,  added to the family’s “shock and disappointment”.  A false report of Gesang’s death was broadcasted by a news station and a news portal on Tuesday. The senior composer of keroncong (Portuguese-influenced traditional music), best known for his classic Bengawan Solo  (Solo River), was admitted to  PKU Muhammdiyah Hospital on May 12 with a digestive problem. Gesang’s niece, Yuniarti, said her uncle had eventually  died of asphyxiation and heart failure. Surakarta Mayor Joko Widodo and artist Jujuk Juariyah from the Srimulat comedy troupe were among those paying last respects. The ...