Keroncong Rocks

Mel Shandy is a famous Indonesian rock singer. At the 2013 Keroncong Festival, she wore red leather jacket, t-shirt, wide low-slung belt, patterned tights and knee high boots and she sang with a rich throaty voice to a vibrant rock and roll beat. The fans grooved, sang along and demanded an encore when her short bracket was over. According to an article in the SoloPos, the combination of keroncong and rock which is called congrok, was Mel’s first experience of keroncong. While she enjoys the music she is not so keen on the clothing that is usually worn by performers: ‘As long as I don’t have to wear batik skirt and lace blouse it’s ok. Those clothes would restrict my spirit and performance style’ (Ahmad Mufid Aryono, SoloPos 15 September 2013).

Click on these photos and compare the traditional style clothing with the rock style of Mel Shandy.

Rock style Photo Gunug Nugroho Adi The Jakarta Post

Rock style
Photo Gunug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post

Female wearing batik skirt and lace blouse

Traditional style

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