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.
Love the haunting introduction to Lala- Anyam-anyaman nyaman by Jempol Jenthik Orkes Keroncong (JJOK) at 2015 SKF. Lyrics are by Sujiwo Tejo an Indonesian poet, writer, musician, actor, dalang.
video and audio by Ganang Partho
At the end you can follow the link to a keroncong medley Lir-llir – Ave Maria featuring the wonderful Sruti Respati with JJOK.
These great young musicians come from Tugu, Jakarta
Young musicians dominated this year’s keroncong festival. Many of the groups were made up of young players who presented their own versions of keroncong. They adapted modern musical sounds and incorporated different instruments to create lively, entertaining keroncong.
Hope you enjoy the talented Komunitas Keroncong Anak Jombang (KKAJ).
The SKF returned this year to the beautiful setting of the Halaman Balaikota Surakarta. Over two nights huge crowds flocked to enjoy a great variety of keroncong styles played by musicians of all ages.
Sincere thanks to Tirto Gempil Solo for allowing me to use his wonderful photos.
Lots of keroncong performances in the streets around Solo at the moment as a warm up to the festival on September 25 and 26. Many groups are made up of young musicians.
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