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Jakarta Post

One dollar for music

  • Trisha Sertori


Sanur, Bali   /   Sat, January 8 2011   /  11:17 am

Music for all: A group made up of mainstream school dropouts create their own music on devised instruments. Courtesy of One Dollar For MusicOn many a street corner young Indonesian kids strum out chords on rough cat-gut guitars, others tap out a beat on homemade drums while brave souls step up on vocals.Rarely do any of these kids have formal musical training, but they do often have raw talent, according to One Dollar For Music (ODFM) founder in Holland, Raoul Wijffels, who wants to close the “gap”  between this  natural talent and careers in music. “What I am seeing is a gap between this young talent and professional artists. The talent seems to get lost on the way,” said Raoul last Saturday during a gig at Indus Restaurant in Ubud, showcasing developing bands from ODFM in Bali.Raoul, a former lecturer at Rotterdam’s Music Conservatory within the University of Rotter...