Bupul is located at the borderline between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, it is a peaceful village of mostly hunters and fishermen. (JP/Dita Nurtjahya)
Indonesian reggae ambassador Ras Muhammad recently performed in front of 1,823 tourists from Papua New Guinea and 3,000 locals who live around PLBN (cross-border post) Skouw, Papua on Nov. 16.
The concert started at 05:00 p.m. and Ras performed a total of 11 songs such as “No Woman No Cry,” “Peace in Liberia,” and “Live Upright.” In the middle of his performance, he was joined by Dutch reggae musician, Toke.
Other than Ras Muhammad, renowned local reggae bands such as Dave Solution and Vanimo Natives from Papua New Guinea also performed there.
Tourism Ministry's nature tourism department head Hendry Noviardi said that the number of tourists from Papua New Guinea who came to the concert was beyond expectation. They initially set the goal of 1,500 people and ended up welcoming 1,823 people.
The head of PLBN, Skouw Yan Numberi added that people from Papua New Guinea love to shop at Skouw market that opens every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
“The profit earned by sellers are good. One Kina, Papua New Guinea's currency, is equal to four thousand rupiahs ($0.30),” Yan said.
“This is the third event from Tourism Ministry, during the previous two events my average income was 1.2 million rupiahs and in this event, my income is around 2.5 million rupiahs,” said a seller named Mamah Karai who sells beverages. (asw)