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Jakarta Post

Gugun Blues Shelter: Reviving blues

  • Putera Hasudungan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 10 2011   /  08:00 am

Gugun (center), Jono (left) and Bowie (right) from Gugun Blues Shelter perform at @america Pacific Place in Jakarta. JP/Putera Hasudungan Young people often associate blues with old-school people who have thick and long beard, smelly body and frequent bars for hang out. A recent show and talk by Gugun Blues Shelter (GBS) at @america, Pacific Place, Jakarta, could reverse the perception about blues.

Muhammad “Gugun” Gunawan, Muhammad “Jono” John and Aditya “Bowie” Gunawan entered the stage at 7 p.m. They directly heated up the atmosphere and entertained the audience with two songs.

After finishing their performance, they got a discussion about blues with Rolling Stone Indonesia executive editor Wendi Putranto.

“For me, blues represents spirit of reform, spirit of rebellion, [and] spirit of youth exactly. It is not an old and rickety music anymore,” sa...