Tuesday, August 4, 2009
At 10.30 am this morning, a rising star in the Indonesian music industry i.e. Reggae Singer Mbah Surip a.k.a Urip Aryanto has passed away in Jakarta.
According to media reports, the cause of Mbah Surip's sudden death was heart attack. And in compliance with his wish, his body will be buried at the Bengkel Teater Complex owned by Indonesian theater living legend W.S. Rendra in Citayam, Depok, West Java, this evening. Before that, a wedding ceremony of his daugther will held at the same place.
Mbah Surip was born in Mojokerto, East Java, in 1949. He studied Chemical Engineering in Surabaya, and worked in the oil drilling industries in Indonesia and the United States where he wrote his top hit TAK GENDONG in 1986.
This song was first recorded in 2003 but only became very popular since the last few months.
Although I am not a big fan of Mbah Surip, but I have been facinated by his ability to 'mesmerize' our public with his song TAK GENDONG which in my humble opinion is very simple in lyrics & music compared to other popular songs. I agree that it was this simplicity that made the song has a powerful grip on the public, a fact also admitted by President SBY when he stated his words of condolence.
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In this regards, I would like to express my deepest condolence and simpaty to the children, grand children of Mbah Surip. I pray to God that his soul would rest in peace.
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