I’ve been a fan of Senyawa for a few years now, but have missed two recent gigs in Jakarta. Reading this review of their latest album made me rue the fact that another matter kept me away from their show at Gedung Kesenian where the above photo was taken.
Their music is far from being ‘easy listening’, and they’re not ‘stars’ yet they are invited to play more festivals and gigs overseas than any other Indonesian musicians.
Here’s a review of a festival in Singapore last year.
A highlight of the entire festival was a full set by Senyawa, the powerful experimental duo who’ve been gaining more popularity in Europe and the US than in their hometown (Yogyakarta) in Indonesia.
It’s not as if they’ve been purposefully shunned by their countrymen – they’re already readying themselves for a big homecoming concert – but their symbiotic marriage of traditional Indonesian music and an adventurous sense of extremity has earned them countless accolades from people unaware of the band’s musical foundation.
This video was recorded in Denmark, also last year.
Watch and read: Senyawa in their own words, with subtitles.