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Concert talk between Jokowi, musicians sparks criticism online

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Bogor, West Java   /   Tue, October 1, 2019   /  08:33 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center) speaks with several national figures after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday, Sept. 26. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

A meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and dozens of Indonesian musicians at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java on Monday has sparked criticism from netizens questioning the importance of the event amid ongoing protests in Jakarta. The musicians, including several household names in the Indonesian music industry such as singers Ahmad Albar and Sandhy Sondoro, told reporters after the meeting that they had invited the President to attend a three-day concert to be held from Oct. 18 to 20 at the Cibubur City Camping Ground in East Jakarta.  The concert would house 68 cross-generation musicians of various genres and was expected to unite the people amid "friction and discord in the country recently", said Sandy Andarusman of rock group Pas Band.  "We want to unite the people even better for the next five years through music [...]...