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Monday May 1st 2017

Guardian of Voices

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Hawé Setiawan 

Pak Ondi (right) and I at the kiosk.

Pak Ondi (right) and I at the kiosk.

The friendly Pak Ondi Turiyat is one of my mentors in tracing back the history of popular music industry. His kiosk at Bandung’s street of Cihapit provides old tapes from various musical genres: country, folk, pop songs, jazz, blues, classics, rock, Hawaiian, Indonesian keroncong, Sundanese kliningan and tembang, and many others. It was from his kiosk that I got some lovely recordings of Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Police, Scorpions, and Sundanese songs of Iyar Wiyarsih, Dedeh Winingsih, Tati Saleh, Darso, and other song birds. In his article on Bandung-based leading newspaper Pikiran Rakyat of Monday, 19 January 1987, journalist Usep Romli noted that the old man had been selling used tapes since 1977. Although recording industry has switched to the digital era, the old man that lives in Bandung’s suburb of Parakansaat is still loyally caring for old tapes, keeping various voices in this city.***

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