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Jakarta Post

Anggun C. Sasmi: Seizing center stage with wit and sass

  • Mariel Grazella

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 29 2011   /  07:00 am

The spectators in their seats – who had waited more than an hour past the promised time – had grown restless in the dimmed concert hall.
JP/R. Berto WedhatamaThe thrill and impatience of having their long-awaited diva emerge onstage surged, causing them to break out in chants.

“Anggun, Anggun, Anggun,” the crowd repeatedly called out for their idol.

Suddenly, a woman shrouded under a golden cape, illuminated under a spotlight, appeared among the crowd of concertgoers and glided onto the stage. The tense stirring of violins of the Sa’Unine Orhestra hidden behind a curtained stage elevated the mood.

The crowd whistled and cheered, shouting the name of their idol louder as the woman reached center stage, her back to the crowd. She then slipped off the cape, revealing gleaming black hair and a lustrous gold costume.

She swiveled around, prompting...