Iwan Fals

Iwan Fals, born with the name is Virgiawan Listanto on September 3, 1961 in Jakarta, is a charismatic Indonesian singer, songwriter, musician, and remembered as Indonesia’s the most dangerous singer on the ’80s and ’90s. He was popular for his gritty-witty ballads accentuated on life of Indonesia’s marginalized groups or political satire on the troubled Indonesian social/political scene under Suharto's President. His socially aware hit songs including: “Omar Bakri” tells about teacher, “Lonteku” is a love story between a criminal and a prostitute, and “Wakil Rakyat” is about members of parliament. After Reformation movement on 1997 which leads to democratization, He was a kind of losing the edge for political satire, but his mature musical experience keeps him on Indonesian pop chart with inward-looking songs and songs about personal relationships.

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