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I don’t even know where to start.  Yesterday was super cool.

I’m talking about this show called INDONESIA:. Yes, the colon symbol behind the word is part of the name.

You know how colon  is usually followed by an explanation or description of the word or sentence before it? This one is meant to be use that way too. But instead to be explained by words, it described by a show.

The show consists of two parts: Hip-Hop Music Concert and Stand-Up Comedy. Each part is trying to tell what Indonesia is all about in the eyes of Pandji Pragiwaksono, the man behind the show.

The show was started at 3.00 pm with the hip-hop concert. It’s actually a concert of Pandji’s fourth album, “32”. And it was amazing.

The main concept of  “32” is about the 32 years of Soeharto regime in Indonesia, that is a big part of the history of Indonesia and has a major impact on how Indonesia is right now. The album is also tell parts of the 32 years of Pandji’s life, and how the regime affected his life as an Indonesian in particular.

I don’t know much about Pandji’s music until he freely shared most songs in his last two albums to be downloaded on the internet. I downloaded them all and I like it! I can feel the spirit of the songs. His love for Indonesia, for his family, for the music itself. And this spirit was overflowing in the concert yesterday.

Some people said that nationalism is just a thing that he brought up to make himself popular. That there is something behind all this love he shows and promotes about Indonesia. But saw him in his concert yesterday… I mean who can fake those kind of love. Those kind of passions. Even if he did has any kind of insincerity  in it or just doing it for money then who cares? I still got all the spirit and inspiration from it anyway. And you know what, I’m willing to pay for it. For all those great things he creates, I think he deserves it.

Back to the show. Like I said earlier, the concert was amazing. It creates this fire inside you. To be a better person, to understand more about Indonesia, to think about what actually happens around the country, to contribute more, to actually care, to know your priorities, to fight for your dreams,  to create change more than just demand it.  I sang, moving my hands together with other audience. We’re having fun! That’s for sure. And we definitely got something from it.

Besides Pandji and his awesome band, there’s a bunch of guest stars (featuring), such as: Endrumarch (as the opener), Saykoji, Tompi, Ikang Fauzi, Glenn Fredly, Ge Pamungkas a.k.a Eninem, Angga Puradiredja (Maliq & D’Essentials), Davina Raja (theExtralarge), etc.

The concert ended at 5.30 pm, left this girl with more love and optimism for Indonesia, and a little crush on hip-hop. I believe I’m not the only one. :)

The second part of the show started at 8.00 pm. It’s laughing time! I did laugh a lot. Me and the rest of the audience that is. 😀

The stand-up was part of pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”. Jakarta is the last city of the tour, so last night the tour was officialy ended.

I don’t have too much to say on the stand-up.  It was hilarious. I do wish it talked more about Indonesia though. And I sure wish we got a better sit in the front row. But other than that, I enjoyed it so much. Including the opening stand-up by Adriano Qalbi (whose  actually talk more about Indonesia than Pandji). A nice appetizer before the main show.

Stand-up comedy by Pandji

Another special thing from this show is that it was held at Museum Nasional also known as Museum Gajah, the place that has a broad collections covering all of Indonesia’s territory and almost all of its history. And we got to have a tour around the museum right between two parts of the show. How cool is that? Too bad there’s no enough time to explore the whole place, but I believe it triggered some interest to visit the museum again some other time.

There are also some cool merchandise of INDONESIA: and else (related with Pandji’s piece of work) being sold at the location. Pins, T-shirts, hats, hoodies, and of course pandji’s albums and books, including his latest book “Berani Mengubah” that  was also launched that day. I bought a cool pin and a red hoodie both  with the word INDONESIA: printed on it. I also bought the book.

The show was over at 10.00 pm. After all that energy consuming show, Pandji still gave us a chance to get autographs and take a picture with him.

The show is totally worth every single rupiahs I spent on it. All I can say now is thank you, Pandji. Thank you for all those time and energy you dedicate for Indonesia. Thank you for the awesome show. Thank you for the inspirational work you’ve done. Looking forward for the next thing you’ll do. Looking forward for the next thing I’ll do. Thank you. :)

Up: Me, Pandji, and my sister; Down: The merchandise I bought


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