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Cak Diqin: Dreaming of a globalized ‘campursari’

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 11 2012   /  11:05 am

Ganug Nugroho AdiCONTRIBUTOR/SURAKARTABorn Muhammad Sodiqin, the man is better known as Cak Diqin.To lovers of campursari, a blend of gamelan and modern music, Cak Diqin is quite familiar. Most of the over 100 songs he has written are popular and frequently sung at various receptions, public entertainment events and karaoke halls. Campursari is indeed the taste of everyday people. Introduced in the early 1970s, the genre combines pentatonic and diatonic instruments. In its various developments, new elements have been included like langgam (Javanese pop), keroncong (Portuguese-tinged Indonesian pop) and dangdut (India-inflected Indonesian pop). Its lyrics convey people’s daily affairs with humor and satire. Born in Banyuwangi, East Java, on April 13, 1964, Cak Diqin was brought up in a family of devout Muslim farmers. “As a child, my parents, as full-time farmers, only taugh...