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How music failed to move the needle in 2019 elections

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 3, 2019   /  05:48 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo greets supporters during the last open campaign at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta during the April elections. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

Music loomed large in the 2014 presidential election. In the run-up to the election, metalheads the world over waited with bated breath to see if Indonesia would finally have one of their kind sitting as President. Then-Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has long been an avowed fan of metal who frequently professes his love for Metallica, Lamb of God and Anthrax. And when Jokowi won the election, big names in metal promptly expressed their joy that a metalhead could occupy the highest office in the world's third-largest democracy. '€œIncredibly, ladies and gentlemen, the new president of Indonesia is a metalhead and a Lamb of God fan. Yes he digs Napalm Death, Metallica, Megadeth and Lamb of God among others. Holy c#*p! The world'€™s first heavy metal president,'€ lead singer of Lamb of God Randy Blythe said in his Instagram post hours after Joko...