Jakarta Street Band
was founded in 1997 by Tino Liauw. The band plays a mixture of various styles which can still be heard in Indonesia today. The repertoire varies from krontjong to dangdut, from seriosa to Jakartan streetsongs. No folklore, but living music. Existing Indonesian songs are clad anew. Traditionals such a Bangawan Solo acquire a whole new diction, becaue they are sung in Dutch. While Tino Liauw, coming from Jakarta, sings another classic, the krontjong song Terang Bulan in dialect, ironically.
Archive available for: Jakarta Street Band
The last sounds from Winternachten 2007 were heard on Sunday morning from The Hague in a live broadcast of OVT, the history programme of VPRO radio.
The programme was dedicated to Winternachten and the relationship between history and literature. Writer Thomas Rosenboom talked about his reworking of the African letters of Focquenbroch (1640-1670), written during his stay at fort El Mina, the Dutch slave depot on Afrca's westcoast. In addition there was attention for Jonathan Swift's fictitious travel novel Gulliver's Travels and its rewriting at Winternachten. Writer Allard Schröder told about his chapter in Gulliver's New Travels. H.J.A. Hofland read his column on explorers. In this broadcast attention was paid to the research programme of the Dutch Institute for War Documentation about the decolonization process in Indonesia. The results of the research were presented during Winternachten.
The Jakarta Street Band played a mix of various styles which can still be heard today in Indonesia. From krontjong to dangdut, from seriosa to Jakartan streetsongs. No folklore, but living music. Existing Indonesian songs given a face-lift: Traditionals like Bengawan Solo were rendered in Dutch. Ironically, Jakarta-based Tino Liauw sang The krontjong classic Terang Bulan in dialect.
DJ Peter Keppy only plays 78 record discs. Music from the early years of the new Indonesia: from classical krontjong and gambang kromong to kecapi suling and tango. This music can't do without images. Alex Supartono made a selection from the photo collection of the Indonesian Press Photo Service. We saw the work of early Indonesian photo journalists, who previously worked for the Dutch and Japanese. They recorded important historical events. The Mendur brothers for instance were the only ones present when Sukarno declared independence on 17 August 1945. But they also had an eye for ordinary life. Slides from the Royal Tropical Institute, shot between 1960 and 1970 by among others B. Lawson, served as counter-images.
At the end of the evening the Jakarta Street Band played a swinging mix of krontjong and dangdut.