Five Favorite Moments in Indonesian Pop Culture 2016

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By : Sheany | on 9:19 AM December 26, 2016
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. From the phenomenal Pokemon Go mobile game to the talented Joey Alexander making all Indonesians proud at the Grammy awards, we list down five best moments in Indonesian pop culture that stole our attention this year.
1. 'Warkop DKI' revival smashes this year’s local box office

(Left to right) Abimana Aryasatya as Dono, Vino G. Bastian as Kasino and Tora Sudiro as Indro in "Warkop DKI Reborn." (Photo courtesy of Falcon Pictures) (Left to right) Abimana Aryasatya as Dono, Vino G. Bastian as Kasino and Tora Sudiro as Indro in "Warkop DKI Reborn." (Photo courtesy of Falcon Pictures)

The infamous Warkop DKI made its way to Indonesia’s present day through its revival comedy movie, “Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss! Part 1” with its groundbreaking 6,5 million viewers. The iconic friendship of Dono, Kasino, Indro, played by Abimana Aryasatya, Vino G Bastian and Tora Sudiro, was undoubtedly consequential in bringing back Indonesians to national cinemas.

Joey Alexander. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Meek) Joey Alexander. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Meek)

2. Joey Alexander at the Grammys

Indonesia's 13-year-old Jazz prodigy Joey Alexander took the world by storm when he received his nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. He also managed to dazzle the international audience at the Grammy Awards in February when he performed live on the award ceremony’s main stage. He is reportedly the youngest-ever Grammy nominee in Jazz category, and will return to the awards in Feb. 2017 with a new nomination in the improvised jazz solo category.

3. Pokemon Go

It all started in Mid-July, when people began enthusiastically swiping their smartphones in public in an attempt to catch their very own Pokémon. Since its release, the smartphone game has been downloaded over 100 million times in the Google Play market only. Nintendo and Niantic Labs’s Pokémon Go featured an augmented reality that intends to facilitate real-life stuff, requiring its players to leave their rooms/houses, exercising and interacting with other people. But of course, the phenomenon's main ingredient is the beloved Pokémon themselves and how it transforms the "catch 'em all" phrase into action for all Pokémon fans.

A still image in "Dat Stick" by Rich Chigga. (Image courtest of Rich Chigga) A still image in "Dat Stick" by Rich Chigga. (Image courtesy of Rich Chigga)

4. Rich Chigga: internet viral sensation from Indonesia

With more than 30 million views on Youtube for his breakthrough track “Dat $tick”, Rich Chigga made a name for himself as an Indonesian rapper/internet celebrity. His real name is Brian Imanuel, and the 17-year-old has been praised by distinguished hip-hop artists such as Tory Lanez, Ghostface Killah and Cam’ron, for “Dat $tick”’s music video. Based in Jakarta, Brian became a viral sensation with his pink polo shirt and fanny pack, and a track that’s too catchy to miss. Now, with over a quarter million followers on Twitter, almost 100,000 on Soundcloud and managers in LA— he may just have more things in store for the world.

Anniesa Hasibuan. (Photo courtesy of Anniesa Hasibuan) Anniesa Hasibuan. (Photo courtesy of Anniesa Hasibuan)

5. Anniesa Hasibuan takes New York Fashion Week

Anniesa Hasibuan made her debut at the New York Fashion Week in September this year, and she became the first ever designer to feature hijabs in every outfit on the NYFW catwalk with her Spring Summer ‘17 collection, “D’Jakarta,” for which she received a standing ovation.

 

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