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Jakarta Post

Remembering patriotic tunes in peace time

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 15 2010   /  12:36 pm

Rock, jazz and dangdut may be today’s popular genres, but as Independence Day  draws closer, some think it’s worth dusting off their collections of the national anthem and patriotic songs in the hope of reviving nationalism.“I almost cry each time I sing the national anthem because the song somehow affects me by arousing my spirit of nationalism,” a private company employee Maryadi Setiawan told The Jakarta Post recently.
Maryadi belted out a lyric- and melody-perfect rendition of the anthem.Indonesians celebrate their 65th anniversary of independence on Aug. 17. “The song reminds me of [the founding fathers’] sacrifice to free our country from colonialists,” said Maryadi.He mentioned Rayuan Pulau Kelapa (Seduction of the Coconut Island) and Tanah Air Beta (Our Motherland) as two other songs that he enjoyed. Both were composed by Ismail Marzuki, one of the founding ...