The latest from Solo

Solo has undergone many changes since I visited six months ago. Construction cranes and newly completed high rise hotels and apartments are appearing in the skyline and one of the international fast food chains has opened a drive-in store in the main street.

The keroncong scene also continues to develop: young people actively participate in rehearsals and performances; musicians experiment with different sounds – one group is combining keroncong with hiphop; and keroncong enthusiasts tirelessly seek out and support small suburban and village groups, working to ensure that this music thrives.

More news later, including interviews with the wonderful Endah Laras, HAMKRI official, Wartono, and dancer-singer, Dwijaya Syaifil Munir.

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