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One love — Jakarta celebrates Valentine’s Day and the Prophet’s birthday with reggae in the park

St. Valentine’s Day is a Roman Catholic-derived holiday which captures the imagination of some Jakartans. This year Gangsta Rasta and friends put on a free reggae concert in the park. Meanwhile, Maulid Nabi refers to the birthday of the prophet Muhamad.  Its observance in many Islamic countries is at matter of custom and often involves lights, processions and poetry. Both celebrations, on the 2011 calendar, got bunched up in the same three-day weekend last year. Would there be a collision?

Valentines Day Jakarta

Anak reggae

Red-pink-and-white ads and merchandise are everywhere this time of year in Jakarta. Most of the hype is directed at adults, including the Westernized and expats. But even a child could figure out that Valentine’s Day is for lovers.

The subtler shades coloring this lovely holiday — like who was Cupid and did he have a crush on Plato — may require explaining for those who aren’t up on their Greek and Roman history. It’s true — you know — there are many ways to say love in Indonesian. And even romantis isn’t used the word you’d think. One common V-day localization is “Hari Kasih Sayang”  which is “Care Day” and fails to provide any clue as to just how sexy the holiday is (oops — I mean, can be cuz that all depends on if you’re married or not ; )

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IMAGINE INDONESIA: Ras Muhammad Indonesian Reggae Ambassador

This is the first in a one-to two-part series of posts about Indonesian Dreamin.’ It (indirectly) addresses the question: So just how big a dreamer is this Ras Muhammad, self-styled “reggae ambassador”?

This is not the first time we’ve covered Indonesian reggae. Instead, it’s a phat, fresh Whiteboard Journal interview with self-styling’ Ras Muhammad, ambassador to and from Indonesia, with emphasis on the self and the stylin’.

Great interview covering Ras’ early career in New York and how he got signed by Don Fury. I like the use of English subtitles which allows Ras Muhammad to lapse into Indonesian. It would even cooler if we could get it translated going the other direction, into Indonesian.

A lot of Indonesian musicians got their start overseas. In fact, Indonesians often say that no one pays attention to artists in Indonesia until they’ve got a following in US, Holland, etc.

And so following are a couple questions that Whiteboard Journal forgot to ask Ras Muhammad, to which I have conveniently provided my own clear, consistent answers.

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Ras Muhamad Indonesian dancehall & dub

When was the last time you listened to Indonesian dancehall?

The name of this RM track is Crisis. It was released or circulated anyway via official Facebook channels. So I think it’s OK to share it here. What I like is Ras Muhamad is rapping about Jakarta. I haven’t figure out all the lyrics yet.

Besides that, there’s a Cooly-G hyperdub show at Soda on 19 Feb 2011. That’s Menteng.