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Jakarta Post

Street musicians battle for space at establishments

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 5, 2017   /   10:36 pm
Street musicians battle for space at establishments Dozens of street musicians from Greater Jakarta wait for an audition at the Street Music Institute (IMJ) secretariat in Depok, West Java, on May 23. (Warta Kota/Budi Sam Lauw)

Thirteen busker groups from the Greater Jakarta auditioned in front of prominent businesspeople and social figures on Monday to convince them to allow musicians to legally perform in various establishments.

The 48 street musicians beat out 102 competitors in a previous audition held by the Street Music Institute (IMJ). The contestants had to distinguish themselves by demonstrating strong musical skills and positive attitudes.

"The performance was meant to convince the entrepreneurs and other relevant parties to give the street musicians space for expression," said IMJ founder Andi Malewa.

After the event, which took place at the Culture and Education Ministry building in Central Jakarta, the participating musicians said they hoped they would soon be able to perform at commercial and public places, such as shopping malls, hotels and train stations. 

In attendance at Monday’s show were Culture and Education Minister Muhajir Effendy, the ministry's culture director-general Hilmar Farid and the guitarist of popular rock band Slank, Ridho.

Previously, the street musicians were given a workshop by prominent drummer Gilang Ramadhan.