(her real name is Ainul Rokhimah; Inul Daratista means "the girl with the
breasts"). She was born poor in Kejapanan village, Gempol, East Java. She
started her performing career as a rock singer at age 12 but soon switched
dangdut, the happy folk-pop blend
Indian, Arab and Malay music that has long been the sound of Indonesian people.
Daratista hasn't released a single recording, but one critic estimates that
around 3 million pirated VCDs of her recordings have been sold in Indonesia.
she initially earned Rp. 4.000 per show, Inul Daratista attracted millions of fans in East
Java, where her dancing (“drilling”) style was unique. A singer like Inul
quite familiar in Java. You could find so many Inuls in any small town in East
or Central Java." In January 2003, Inul Daratista came to Jakarta and performed on Warung
Tojedo, a national television program. Virtually overnight, Inul mania swept
Indonesia, and within weeks, Inul Daratista was on the cover of major national magazines
and appearing on television more often than the country's President. Inul's
concert fees rose
to anywhere from Rp.11million to Rp. 17 million per show.
of illegally recorded VCDs of Inul's old East Java performances—making her
perhaps the first musician to owe
of her fame to piracy.
A music producer Arswendo Atmowiloto said "Inul Daratista's what the people
lot of muslim clerics
Roma Irama (the king of Dangdut pop) object about the dancing style of
Inul’s perfomance. “Write this down,” she commands. “The MUI should
realize that Indonesia is not a Muslim country, it’s a democratic country.”
Inul, who says she prays daily, insists that her art doesn’t clash with her
Islamic beliefs. “Why should they care about me when there are pornographic
VCDs and prostitutes
the street? They choose me because I am an easy target.
Meanwhile, KH Abdurahman Wahid the former president of Indonesia and one of the most prominent muslim clerics in NU the largest Islamic organization in this country said that Inul had better not listen to Roma’s criticism and threats, Inul is free to express her art performance.
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