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theguardian - 18 days ago

BNE: the Indonesian slum parties fighting for the underground

In Bandung, Indonesia, music is often suppressed by local authorities – but one series of shows is defying the restrictions with breakcore and folk-punk‘Music in Indonesia cannot be severed from political domination and power,” says Kimung from his understated office in a residential area of Bandung, West Java. The mononymous music historian and stalwart of the underground music scene in Bandung pores through decades of DIY magazines and articles as he explains the tricky relationship between the city, provincial and national government forces in the west of this vast country, and the musicians who play here.While Jakarta is dominated by skyscrapers, shopping malls and traffic jams, Bandung offers a more humble existence, where music and the arts infuse all facets of life – from the army barracks that have been turned into artist studios through to the violinist playing to drivers at traffic lights. Continue reading...

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