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Jakarta Post

Godfather of rock

  • P.J. Leo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 25 2010   /  01:11 pm

The older, the stronger. They may be the right words to describe Ahmad Albar aka Iye, vocalist of Indonesia’s legendary rock band God Bless. He is the only band member who has never left the group and the country’s only rock singer from the 1970s who keeps on performing and going into the recording studio. Proof of his tenacity? Just recently Iye performed in concert at Bengkel Cafe in Jakarta. Ahmad Albar helming God Bless JP/PJ LeoAs God Bless finished the third song in the concert and was about to sing the fourth Rumah Kita (Our Home), featuring Gigi band vocalist Armand Maulana and guitarist Dewa Bujana, Iye was surprised to hear his colleagues and audience sing Happy Birthday. “Woooww….. somebody has leaked the news of my birthday,” said Iye, smiling and eyeing the birthday cake brought by the show promoter to the stage. Last Friday, July 16 was his 64th birthday. His age ...