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Jakarta Post

Legendary music critic Denny Sakrie passes away at 51

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 3, 2015   /  10:43 pm

Well known radio host and music critic Hamdan "Denny" Sakrie passed away at the age of 51 on Saturday due to a heart attack

Denny'€™s death was revealed via a message on the BlackBerry Messenger service, which said Denny had died of a heart attack at Siloam Gleneagles Hospital in Karawaci, Tangerang, on Saturday. Denny'€™s wife, Mike Hendrawati, confirmed the message.

According to Mike, Denny had never complained of heart trouble. The writer will be buried in Pamulang, South Tangerang.

Denny leaves behind a respectable reputation on the Indonesian music scene. He wrote about music from his junior high school days, sending articles to the Pedoman Rakyat newspaper published in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Figures on the scene hailed Denny as a '€œwalking musical encyclopedia'€.

'€œHe could recite the name of any member of any band, what records they put out and where they were now. He knew it all,'€ Rolling Stone Indonesia editor-in-chief Adib Hidayat said on Saturday as quoted by

Adib described Denny as a guide for writing about Indonesian rock music history.

'€œHe'€™s irreplaceable. Maybe there are other music critics like him but none have the same warmth,'€ he said, adding that Denny had intended to publish a book on the history of Indonesian music.

Denny was born on July 14, 1963 in Ambon and earned a degree in economics from Hasanuddin University in Makassar. (dyl/nvn)