Debut Didi Kempot The Godfather of Broken Heart in Nederland

Didi Kempot (53) brought people closer together and blurred cultural distances. An excerpt from the life story of the famous singer Didi Kempot. On Tuesday morning 5 May around 09.00 am Indonesia time, the sad news from Solo Indonesia learned of his death in the hospital Kasih ibu.

Didi Kempot

Born December 31, 1966 (age 53), Surakarta-Indonesia
Full name: Didi Presetyo. Didi Kempot is from an artistic family and his father Ranto Edo Gudel, brothers Mamiek Prakoso and Sentot Kempot have already passed away and have also acquired name recognition in the artistic world of Indonesia. His brother Antonius Lilik Subagyo spoke to the media shortly after his death. His sister Veronika Tatik Hartati and younger brother Eko Guntur Martinus are from the same family.

Didik Presetyo in the mid 90s

In 1995 the band Batara with Didi was brought to the Netherlands. His songs stood out among the Surinamese Javanese music scene in the Netherlands after an informal compact disc with the title track We Cen Yu appeared on the market in Dutch with the songs Sir Siran, Cidro, Stop Kerak, Ngedebus and other compelling tracks that are known. as a two step (one-two) among the Surinamese of Jawa.

Since January 1990, before the informal CD We-Cen-Yu (1994) was released, the music cassette with the aforementioned songs was already in the possession of Soewarto Mustadja, who was at that time radio coordinator of Radio Bangsa Jawa ing Amsterdam and was played daily on the Amsterdam cable frequency in the analog era of cassette tapes and vinyl sound sources.

He gave the tape to the multi-instrumentalist Hendrik Mento to elaborate that style on the Surinamese music scene, which unfortunately remained an intention. Didi started out as a street musician and the producer Pompi saw music in Didi.

He has many albums to his name in his career and an unprecedented number of popular songs written and performed. As mentioned earlier, the search started with the already deceased well-known composer / singer bapak Is Haryanto (King of Pop Jawa). Via Mamiek Prakoso known from Sri Mulat, contact was made with Didi and the production of his first albums started under the label Pasta Music and Entertainment from Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

The music publisher responded to the development within the Surinamese Javanese organizations and, in consultation with the singer, after returning from Suriname established a Foundation called PASTA with the seat Alkmaar and then The Hague.

Didi proposed for Persatuan, but on the advice of Nann Kasanpawiro the name was changed to Paguyupan Artis Saking Tanah Air, a combination of artists from the native country (Indonesia-Suriname and the Netherlands) and Mas Jo was statutory chairman of the board from 1996 to October 2007 with treasurer Henry Amatmarwan. On October 1, 2007, the resettlement of Mas Jo in his native Suriname was a fact. The content of the song Lobi Sranan has been confirmed on the CD Bintang Jawa Volume 10.

The band Keri-keri Ketipung with, among others, the late drummer Hendrik Mesir, led by bapak Moesa from Haarlem, who initially also played a not negligible selfless logistical role upon his arrival at Schiphol. At that time, security was not as stringent as it is now and you could get a day pass for certain parts of the airport under supervision. The band that had a short life span played all the songs of Didi’s music cassette on heyday and organized small and large events in the Netherlands.

The clubhouse of the football club Tedo in The Hague, the former Amicitia building and the PWA halls in Zoetermeer were renamed for Surinamese standards a kind of Pop Javanese music temple compared to the popular Amsterdam Pop Temple Paradiso. The music band Melati from Utrecht had the honor to take on the accompaniment for the first time solo singer from Java, who was working at the time. The composer Williams and singer Ilsje Setroredjo were also members of the backing band. Didi’s first performance was held in the Royal event hall in Rotterdam-the Netherlands and immediately caught the attention of the general public.

In February 1995, Suriname received its first Javanese-language radio station and Mr. Soewarto Moestadja, now Minister of Labor and chairman of the Foundation for the promotion and development of Jawa Music in Suriname (stg. Jamu), was at the time the coordinator of radio Garuda. he became minister of Social Affairs and Housing and Mr. Stanley Sidoel took office as director of the media house.

He first traveled to Suriname in April 1996, after his album Layang Kangen (Angri fu yu, translation by Eddie Assan). The initiator Pat Amatmarwan and friends believed that Didi should get to know Sranan. The album was a bombshell during the commemoration and celebration of 105 years of Javanese Immigration (1995) in the Ijsbaan van Zoetermeer that was transformed into an event hall. In February of that year Suriname received the first Javanese-tinted radio station, namely radio Garuda.

In 1999 the music publisher was approached by the Ministry of Education to breathe new life into the last operational audio visual studio in Solo (Central Java), Lokonanta, due to the prevailing economic conditions. A great opportunity to showcase the artists associated with the Pasta Musika Solo label and to involve them in the development.

Pat then brought in Didi and Is Haryanto (RIP) who was not yet known in Indonesia at the time. With the project Stasion Balapan Didi Kempot broke through and caught the attention of many major music producers. Agreements were made that he was free to develop his musical career, The living legend was born.

In 10 years he has released over 100 albums. Due to his many performances in Indonesia in recent years, he has committed a kind of overkill on his condition and had achieved economic success. The people-to-people contact with the music publisher living in the Netherlands was well maintained until his death and was also agreed to be able to continue to do incidental projects and Didi Kempot has always kept his appointment. Pat’s wife, Marie Amatmarwan, received hundreds of Whatsapp messages as a token of participation from the revived Didi Kempot.

Tour tour Didi and popularization through Suriname. 

His debut tour (1996) was accompanied musically by band Astaria with: Trisman Ralim (RIP), Frits Djodikromo (RIP), Gerold Limon (RIP), solo guitarist Maon Kasanwidjojo, Robby (percussionist) van Blauwgrond and Heidi Jubitana. The rehearsals were held on the Waaldijkstraat.

The tours that followed were accompanied by the bands Utama and Kasimex by Remie Bhailal musically by Didi Kempot’s pop shows.

It was also Soewarto Moestadja who nominated Didi to the then President Jules Albert Wijdenbosch for a special recognition and he received a Gold Medal for the way in which he interpreted Angin Paramaribo (the wind of Paramaribo) a composition by the arranger Demis Wongso, supplemented by sophisticated solo guitar by Orlando Mendeszoon from Rotterdam.This album with the title track Angin Paramaribo appeared shortly after his first CD entitled Kenyo Suriname.

The following year, a 3rd album entitled Kembang Amben was released. The dozens of works for the Surinamese and pop jawa music lovers living in the Netherlands and his video clips will undoubtedly be found in the collections of music collectors and media houses and on hard disk.

Didi has written one hit after another in recent years. We remember only a few of his hits including: Angin Paramaribo, Trimo Ngala (Suket Teki), Layang Kangen, Solo Balapan (breakthrough 1999), Cidro, Sewu Kuto, Hello Sayang, Pamer Bojo and many other tracks.Especially in the Campur Sari genre he has become very famous in recent years.

Didi is loved by both the young and the elderly for his catchy recognizable songs of life with sometimes compelling danceable rhythms. For every occasion he has written songs in the life cycle of traditional events among Javanese (birth, birthday, circumcision, Mother and Father’s Day and marriage), but he also wrote religious Muslim songs. He has also been promoted by the media house radio and television Mustika for years.

Nationally, he also carried out productions for the army. His contribution to the promotion and development of Javanese music in Surinam and the Netherlands among Surinamese and in particular the Javanese is unprecedented. For every occasion Didi has written lyrics from a variety of genres with musical influences and inspirations from Latin America and the West.

The singer is extremely popular among many Surinamese and last performed in a packed ANS in Paramaribo on September 29, 2018. During that evening, the president and First Lady were also guests of honor of the organizer and entrepreneur Krama and he received from President Bouterse a placard.

On October 3 of that year, he paid a courtesy visit with his retinue to the Department of Labor to demonstrate his gratitude for the support he has received from Mustadja since the 1990s. The then Indonesian Ambassador Dominicus Supratikto was also present at the occasion.

Recently, he wrote a very appropriate song and recorded a video clip in the fight against the corona virus. In his final years, Didi Kempot has enjoyed unprecedented popularity in Indonesia and has also performed charity concerts.

On December 6, 2016, he also performed at the Tribute of the Kroncong King Mus Mulyadi in Jakarta. Just before the outbreak of COVID-19, Stanlee Rabidin visited Indonesia and performed together with a large audience with the song Pamer Bojo.

In the music scene of Indonesia, April last year Mus Mulyadi died and on May 5 this famous singer Didi Kempot was brought to life. He was buried the same day in Ngawi-East Java and could be followed live worldwide.

The famous singer is buried next to his daughter Lintang, who unfortunately was not allowed to see the light of day due to a miscarriage. He then wrote the song Baji Suci on the album Angin Paramaribo in honor of his daughter with his wife Putri.

An Indonesian with a Surinamese thinking and lifestyle, according to music publisher Pat during a telephone flashback from and about Didi Kempot.

As known, Didi Kempot did not suffering from illness. Even a few days before his death, Didi Kempot had time to raise funds for Covid-19 was collaborate with Kompas TV and success manage 7,6 billion funds.

Have a good trip Didi, selamet jalan. Till we meet again, sampai jumpa. RIP DIDI KEMPO The Godfather of broken heart.