Record-Breaking Music Albums from Jakarta

Record-Breaking Music Albums from Jakarta

Seasons Jakarta is the latest compilation from Jakarta's rap and lo-fi scene. Featuring 13 tracks, the album features music from Flo Filz, Le Maestro, K, Like, Ta-Ku & Matt McWaters, Melodiesinfonie, Nanna B and Freddie Joachim. The compilation's eclectic style ranges from RnB and lo-fi hip hop to rap and a little bit of everything in between.

Essentially, Seasons Jakarta is a beautiful compilation of songs from Indonesia's most popular hip-hop labels. Some of the artists on the album include Flo Filz, Otis Junior, K Le Maestro, and Le Maestro. You can listen to music from other hip-hop labels that are available through Jakarta Records. You can listen to some of their songs on a free sampler album that was released by the top label; the songs are available on all streaming platforms.

The music featured on this album reflects the vibrant creative culture of Jakarta and its people. The MC, who resigned from his position as the party MC in 2012, took the music industry by storm when he started deejaying at Indonesia's major clubs and events. The MC earned several awards, including HardRock FM's Paranoia Icon and Rookie of the Year. Now, the DJ has reclaimed his spot behind the decks, dropping a diverse selection of music genres that dictate the vibe through his mic.

A few decades ago, Shark Move from Jakarta's Record-Breaking Music album was released. Shark Move's production was discontinued after several thousand copies were sold. However, the band reunited, and Benny promised to recreate some of the band's most important musical releases. Those releases included Giant on the Move, the band's biggest hit. However, the band enjoyed little success with the previous production's relaunch.

The band members began their career as a typical garage rock outfit named The Peels. Their music later gained modest success in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Subsequently, Benny Soebardja created Shark Move with friends who studied at the Bandung Technical Institute. Despite the limited commercial success, Shark Move managed to achieve something: It established itself as a prominent progressive rock band in Indonesia. Ultimately, the group's unique sound may have inspired other local and international artists to adopt this fascinating musical style.

Giant Step: As noted, the debut album Shark Move by Giant Step, the legendary Indonesian band, was a rousing regional success. Indeed, many fans admit the ambitious amateurs behind it have come up with a memorable album. Like the Italian classics of the early 70s, the album is a combination of wild instrumentation and ambitious songwriting. However, it lacks the polished production that makes it a commercial success. Despite that, it is still worthwhile to listen to anyone who enjoys progressive rock music.

This first album by Giant Step, titled "Mark I," was described as a mixed bag of influences, ranging from classic hard rock to folk-inspired rock and some Indonesian wedding music. It was an enlightening experience for fans, and the band has since released seven studio albums. Giant Step has become an incomparable commercial force in the country, reaching an admirable level of mainstream popularity comparable to the successes of the late 70s and early '80s.

Hardy's House: In 2022, Hardy's House became the fastest-selling music album in the UK. It debuted at number one-top of the charts- on the US Billboard 200, where it sold 521,500 album-equivalent units in its first week. Similarly, the album has debuted at number one in several countries. The producers included Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson, and Samuel Witte. Unsurprisingly, the album received positive reviews from critics worldwide.

Amine's Limbo: Amine's new album, Limbo, certainly breaks records for both genres. The album starts with the song "Burden," which explores personal matters Amine might not have discussed before. The record contains references to things like Winona Ryder's shopping spree, the Miss Universe gaffe, and the Arthur meme. Such moments add a layer of complexity to the album, providing an interesting and challenging listen.

Amine's shift to a more carefree style of music was inspired by the death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant. The late superstar was a benchmark for many people in Indonesia, and Amine saw his death as an unofficial beginning of his own real manhood. Limbo is an interesting departure from Amine's previous releases in which he tended to cater to the desires of his fans rather than himself. Only the track "Shimmy" sounds similar to Amine's previous releases.

Indonesia to lead ASEAN Health Sector

Indonesia to lead ASEAN Health Sector

On the last day of the 15th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting, the Indonesian Ministry of Health as the Co-chair of the ASEAN-US Health Ministerial Meeting led the cooperation talks in ASEAN member states and the United States of America (the US).

"During the ASEAN-US Health Ministerial Meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss and adopt the ASEAN-US terms of Reference and agree on cooperation to develop a three-year work plan," said Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin at a press conference on Sunday in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

The two major world's economies, ASEAN, and the US, agree to, first, strengthening the health system for emergencies. Second, to encourage investment in primary healthcare services, such as the Indonesian style of Community Health Center Puskesmas. The purpose is to encourage communities in ASEAN and the US embracing a healthier lifestyle to reduce health costs.

In addition, strengthening primary health services is also important to ensure that vulnerable groups can access healthcare services when needed that would resemble equitable access to healthcare.

Whilst the development of the health system will be carried out through building the capacity and quality of human resources. A strong and equitable health system must be balanced with well-trained and well-performing health workers. For this reason, ASEAN and the US to increase the capacity of their health workers as well as to increase the number of people working in the area. ASEAN and the US also agree to ensure the relevance of health workers skills and their quality to meet the needs of the patients and the development of science and technology.

The ASEAN-US cooperation will also strengthen information and data systems to support the development of local vaccine production, therapeutic and diagnostic tools. In practice, the two countries agreed to transfer technology and know-how, as well as to increase research and development capacity. "The United States is committed to helping ASEAN," said the Minister of Health.

Minister Budi said that the concept of regional cooperation in the health sector with any partners is aimed to advancing and strengthening the health system itself and is not only for ASEAN Member States but also for the United States.

"When the ASEAN-US Health Sector Work Plan is established, Indonesia is ready to contribute to achieving the priorities that would be set. I believe that the US expertise, knowledge and experience will benefit the future of the ASEAN Health Sector," he concluded.

Indonesia is the world's largest island country and consists of over 17,000 islands. Indonesia is the world's fourth-most populous country. The country is a member of several multilateral organisations, including the United Nations, World Trade Organization, G20 which it will host later this year in the Worlds most loved Tourist island, beautiful and tranquil Bali.

Best Bands of All Time

Best Bands of All Time

Rock Indo, Indonesia's popular rock music, is a veritable product of the country's diverse culture and globalizing viewpoint; it's generally comparable to other much-loved music elsewhere. Peculiar Indonesian ideas regarding concepts like individualism, interdependence, modernism, and the supernatural are firmly embedded in the country's rock videos and music. The Jakarta Rock Parade, a three-day celebration that recently hosted over 100 acts, is one of Indonesia's major rock festivals.

Here is a catalogue of Jakarta's finest bands of all time:

Slank- Slank: The band, which was founded in 1983 by teenagers in a Jakarta alley known as Gang Potlot, is the biggest Indonesian rock group today. Along with God Bless and Dewa 19, it has been dubbed one of the greatest icons in Indonesia's music history. It serves as a motivator for many rock groups that emerged following the success of God Bless. The band is recognized for combining blues and rock songs with political and sociological themes. It actively operates and has garnered honors from the Indonesian music fraternity.

God Bless: God Bless is an Indonesian rock band, formed in 1973 by Ahmad Albar (vocals), Jockie Soerjoprajogo (keyboard), Fuad Hassan (drums), Donny Fattah (bass), and Ludwig Lemans (guitar). It performed its debut concert on May 5, 1973, in Taman Ismail Marzuki. This was followed by the Summer 28 event on August 16, the first and one of the largest open-air concerts in Indonesia. They performed remarkably in the fair that was hosted near the National Monument. In the same year, the band appeared in Ambisi (Ambition). Lemans departed the band to return to the Netherlands. Notably, Rolling Stone Indonesia recognized two of the famous God Bless' songs among the 150 finest Indonesian songs of all time. In its 2009 issue "Kehidupan" ("Life") was placed eighth, while "Rumah Kita" ("Our Home") was ranked 22nd.

Dewa 19- Dewa 19 is a Surabaya, East Java-based Indonesian rock band. It's widely considered one of the best rock bands in Indonesian popular music history. In 1986, the band was first established; its lineup changed several times-it was eventually disbanded in 2011. The previous lineup consisted of Ahmad Dhani (keyboard), Andra (guitar), Agung Yudha (drums), Yuke (bass guitar), and Once (vocals). Marcello, Ahmad, Andra, Yuke, and Agung are among the veteran, current band members.

This band was successful in the 1990s with Ari Lasso's vocals and again in the 2000s with Once's vocals. Their records were always well accepted in the market; even their album from 2000, Bintang Lima, is ranked #9 on the list of Indonesia's all-time best-selling albums. It sold approximately 2 million copies after its release. Dewa 19 was voted the wealthiest band in Indonesia by Hai magazine in 2005, with annual profits exceeding 14 billion IDR. Ironically, the group had faltered multiple times over legal concerns- this included copyright infringement issues and feuds with various Islamic groups; all this happened at the height of its popularity.

Dewa 19 has sold over 7 million albums in Indonesian alone, winning several honors, including BASF and AMI awards. They have also received the LibForAll Award in the United States for their religious tolerance and peace activities. In the year 2008, Rolling Stone magazine included Dewa 19 in their list of "The Immortals: The 25 Greatest Indonesian Artists of All Time.

Edane- Edane is a Jakarta-based Indonesian rock band founded in 1991 by Eet Sjahranie during the golden age of Indonesian rock and metal music in the early 1990s. Edane has released six studio albums and one compilation album over the course of over three decades. Their dominating presence has made them one of the most influential bands in Indonesia's modern music scene. They have also received the most prestigious awards in the Indonesian music business; among these are Anugerah Musik Indonesia (AMI) and Hammesonic Awards.

Netral- NTRL (previously Netral) is an Indonesian rock band founded in Jakarta in 1992. It has released 13 studio albums. Bagus (vocals and bass), Eno (drums), and Coki (guitar) are the band's current prominent members. Bagus, Bimo, and Miten established Netral in November 1992. In 1994, the band widely publicized their self-titled debut album, which had punk influences. In 1995, it released another album, Wa... Lah. The lyrics are haphazard and simplistic, with a "naughty" rock flair. Tidak Enak, the band's third album, was released in 1996, followed by Album Minggu in the following year. Following that, Bimo left the band and was replaced by Eno. Miten was replaced by Coki in 1999. Paten was the band's next major release, with Oke Deh coming hot on its heels in 2001. Eventually, Netral released Kancut in 2003.

Ministry Partners with Spotify to Upskill Young Podcasters

Ministry Partners with Spotify to Upskill Young Podcasters

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI), Republic of Indonesia, along with The National Movement of Digital Literacy, Siberkreasi, have partnered with Spotify to launch Kelas Podcast Siberkreasi 2022, a free podcast-specific upskilling program.

From 26 February, the program opened to all Indonesians interested to learn about podcasting. Since its founding in 2020, the program has reached more than 30,000 participants and aims to reach 50,000 more in 2022. Partnering with Spotify, the program allows participants to benefit from the podcasting expertise of the platform.

Participants can learn tips and tricks on how to create their own podcast channel. From areas like identifying their audience, defining a niche, social media to voice coaching, everyone will be provided with material and content ideas to start their journey. Spotify will also share about the benefits of Anchor, its free podcast creation, distribution, and hosting tool.

The first session titled "Suara dari Perempuan untuk Perempuan" will happen on 26 February with a women-led panel of luminaries. Hosted by TV and Radio personality, Nathalie Indry, participants can look forward to hearing from inspiring mentors such as Indonesian Broadcasting Class' coach Bintang Cahya and podcast's host Idah Umamah. The program will also offer sessions run by experts in sport, religion, diffable groups, and other genres.

"In our attempt to accelerate the national agenda of digital transformation, we must hold on to the principle of 'nobody gets left behind, or no one shall be abandoned. Thus, this year's program is designed to be more segmented as all layers in our society will be able to receive more suitable substances and materials. This partnership with Spotify is an obvious next step for us to bring the program to more young people across the country," said Semuel A. Pangerapan, Director General of Informatics Application.

MCI and Siberkreasi also held a webinar titled Gelombang Baru Siniar Generasi "Halu"? on February 16. Opened by Rizki Ameliah, Coordinator of the Digital Literacy Program, the webinar was facilitated by Bobby Mandela of "BKR Brothers", Vania Winola of "Little Talks", and Halo Bagas from "Kita dan Waktu". During the session, they discussed their experiences, tips and tricks, and being consistent as podcasters. The 2020/2021 alumni of the previous sessions were also present to share more.

"Podcasting is a unique medium that allows for creativity and personalization. We've been actively working with Indonesian creators to build Exclusive and Original programming since 2019 and will continue to find more ways to support and build the local podcast community," said Carl Zuzarte, Southeast Asia Head of Studios at Spotify.

Through Kelas Podcast Siberkreasi 2022, MCI, Siberkreasi, and Spotify hope that more podcasting talent in Indonesia will emerge with more positive content and bring meaningful impact to society.

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI) Republic of Indonesia aims to realize the vision of digitally competent Indonesian citizens with the National Movement of Digital Literacy (GNLD) Siberkreasi.

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