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Soundsekerta 2012 – bringing Indonesia to Melbourne

Meld Magazine

Mon Sep 03 2012


CATCH some of Indonesia’s most popular comedic and musical acts, watch modern adaptations of traditional Javanese theatre, and maybe even be on TV at this year’s Soundsekerta. Regina Karis has the details.

Every year, the Monash University Indonesian Student Association (PPIA Monash) holds Soundsekerta – an event to celebrate Indonesia, its culture and its people through music. This year’s show is aptly themed “Synergy Indonesia”, reflecting Soundsekerta’s aim to bring together Indonesians from different walks of life and cultures.

Soundsekerta will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall, but will also be broadcast into Indonesia on one of the nation’s premier TV channels, Trans7. Some of Indonesia’s most famous pop culture icons will be making their Melbourne debuts at the event, including Opera Van Java, Raisa Andriana, Ryan Adriandhy, and Vincent Rompies

Opera Van Java is one of Indonesia’s most famous comedic acts, known for their flair for improvisation and their skits based on modified Indonesian folktales – particularly their comedic adaptations of  the wayang orang, a type of classical Javanese dance theatrical performance.


Accompanying Opera Van Java will be Raisa Andriana, an up-and-coming Indonesian singer who was awarded Best Newcomer 2012 at Indonesia’s music industry awards, Anugerah Musik Indonesia. Andriana rose to popularity after posting videos of her singing on YouTube, garnering her over 300,000 viewers.

Ryan Adriandhy, a 21-year-old Indonesian comedian who won the 2011 Stand Up Comedy Indonesia (SUCI) competition, will also be part of the Soundsekerta 2012 line-up. Adriandhy is one of the initiators of StandUpIndo, an independent Indonesian community for stand-up-comedy enthusiasts.

Last but not least, emceeing the night will be one of Indonesia’s best presenters, Vincent Rompies. Rompies has hosted various popular Indonesian TV shows including Indonesia’s Got Talent and Super Game.

With a line-up of such diverse talents, and the possibility of having your face on Indonesian TV, this year’s Soundsekerta promises to not only be a good night full of entertainment and laughter, but also a chance to delve into the breadth of Indonesian popular culture right here in Melbourne.

Soundsekerta 2012 will be held at 5 pm on September 12, 2012, at Melbourne Town Hall. For more information and ticketing, contact: Stella (0450343232), Cathy (0425382107), or Jeanny (0424556505). 

And for the chance to to meet the performers, Monash ISA will be hosting an ‘Eat and Greet’ event at 5pm on September 11, 2012  at Ramen Ya on Bourke St. Seats are limited on a first come, first serve basis.