May 16, 2021 Last Updated 9:17 AM, May 10, 2021

Arts

Dangdut trendy

Is it techno? Is it traditional? No, it’s techno hybrid ethnic house music

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Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005)

An outsider to all establishments, even artistic ones, Semsar Siahaan is yet to be accorded his rightful place among the ranks of great Indonesian artists

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Mochtar Lubis

Always controversial, Mochtar Lubis was one of Indonesia’s most respected journalists and best-known authors for over four decades.

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Writing back

Local theatre in Makassar reveals a backlash against Java-centrism

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Urban poetry

Subversive ‘underground’ voices in Indonesian rap

Michael Bodden

It’s Jakarta, June 2004 and the boom box is playing a hip-hop beat. It’s a far cry from the meditative gamelan music, saccharine love songs or even the sensual dangdut one expects to hear in Java. The rapper is Xaqhala and he spins a gritty, rhythmic poem of everyday youth experience.

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Comic heyday!

Indonesia’s comic scene is in a golden age but the industry remains marginal and plagued by self-doubt

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Woman power

In Bali, a new all-female dance-drama troupe is flouting traditional gender roles

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More voices

Women and marginalised groups seize new opportunities in the arts

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Generation 98

Djenar Maesa Ayu – one of Indonesia’s exciting new female authors

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Distro

Independent fashion moves from margins to mainstream

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