In the 1980s and 1990s Tegalharjo, the area along the railway line between Jebres and Balapan stations in Solo, was well known for its keroncong. OK Kelana Remaja, one of the most popular groups from that era, held regular latihan in the area behind SMA Kristen, Solo. However over time the musicians aged or lost interest and, as there weren’t many young players to replace them, the latihan gradually ceased.
A few years ago some of the ex-members started playing again on Thursday nights at Biro Teknik Listrik Karya Pemuda and before long were joined by young musicians who were keen to learn and play keroncong. They recruited more players, including students from SMK N 8 and formed OK Karya Pemuda.