Dangdut is the Music of My Country

Season 3 Episode 9

Level of Indonesian and English fluency: Intermediate – Advanced

Indonesian Version

Aku iki sik heran

Kadang masih ada aja pelaku dangdut

Alias artis dangdut itu masih dianggap murah!

Termasuk saya dulu, mungkin sekarang ada beberapa

Ada yang anggap Norak!

Kurang Kelas!

Disepelekan!

Bahkan gak dianggep,

Padahal tidak semuanya sih jelek.

Bahkan kalau aku mau jujur hiburan terbesar di Indonesia

yang bisa menjangkau kelas atas dan bawah adalah dangdut

Tidak segmented dan mampu meraup rating juga di TV

Menghasilkan banyak duit 

Kawinan dangdutan

Hotel mewah juga musiknya sekarang ada dangdutannya. 

Pop rock, keroncong, lagu mandarin, lagu barat

Semua bisa didangdutin. 

Bahkan kampanye kepala daerah pun sampai presiden dangdutan juga.

Acara nyunat potong burung, alias khitanan yo dangdutan. Hajatan dangdutan

Hampir 70% rakyat Indonesia nikmati sajian dangdut.

Nilai dangdut itu cukup bagus akhir-akhir ini,

Meskipun kadang sering dapat stigma negative

Eh tapi artisnya juga masih exist 

Tapi genre lain juga, kalau ngomongin pribadi orang, banyak juga yang tidak baik.

Hanya pinter-pinter manajemen nya untuk mengolah jadi imej yang bagus dan menarik meskipun sebenarnya sosok artisnya punya nilai tidak bagus. Alias artise imej nya jelek … tapi karena pinter-pinternya manajemen tuh jadi tetep aja dikemasnya kelihatan tetep bagus

Tidak semua pedangdut tidak berprestasi, bahkan yang dari lahir, nangis saja ada cengkoknya banyak juga (hahahaha)

Karena berharap Emak bapaknya, anaknya nanti jadi generasi pedangdut 

karena apa?

cari duitnya gampang.

Tanpa sekolah vokal seperti saya ini.

Menurut aku dangdut itu sangat besar sih, karya seni yang harus dijaga. 

Kalau ada yang ga bener diluruskan bukan di-bully atau dihakimi.

Dangdut itu kaya.

Dari musiknya, semua bermain, suara artisnya wah.., cengkok dangdutnya luar biasa, tidak semua orang bisa bercengkok dangdut, gerak olah tubuhnya meliuk-liuk, semua punya nilai tersendiri,

Urusan nilai estetikanya memang harus ada, tapi itu berproses.

Jangan karena artis dangdut dicap minus malah tidak diberi ruang.

Harusnya diajarkan bagaimana menjadi penyanyi yang bagus, artis dangdut yang bagus 

saya dulu seperti apa… sekarang seperti apa. Itu yang berproses

Justru dulu aku bisa sejajar tampil sama yang lebih hebat,

Diberi ruang…

malah muncul keinginan-termotivasi-terinspirasi dan berubah menjadi lebih baik.

Berkaca sama yang lebih baik.

Tidak bisa pukul rata semua sama.

Karena kita ditakdirkan berbeda.

Bayi kembar identik aja kalau ngentut juga ga bisa barengan khan.

Berbeda itu bukan aneh.

Berbeda itu indah

Dangdut is the music of my country

Para penonton bapak bapak ibu ibu semua yang ada di sini

Ada yang bilang

Dangdut tak goyang

Bagai Sayur tanpa garam 

Kurang enak 

Kurang sedap 

Dari itu inul goyang

Agar semuanya senang

Bagi yang kurang berkenan

Melihat inul bergoyang

Jangan marah

Maafkanlah

 (Lyrics from the song: Goyang Inul by Inul Daratista)

English Version (5:28)

Inul is still wondering

Sometimes the person involved in dangdut

The artist itself is still considered cheap!

Including herself before, and also several current artists as well

Tacky!

Not classy!

Underestimated!

Not even appreciated

Actually not all of them are bad

In all honesty, the biggest entertainment in Indonesia

Which can break the barrier of classes is dangdut

Unsegmented and able to achieve good ratings in TV

Producing a lot of money

Weddings will have dangdut

Luxury hotels will also have dangdut in their list of music

Pop rock, Keroncong, Mandarin songs, Western songs

All can be made into dangdut music

Even the campaigns for local government up to the President will have dangdut

Circumcision ceremonies will also use dangdut. Festive celebrations will also have dangdut

Almost 70% of Indonesians enjoy the music of dangdut

Lately dangdut has been valued better

Although its image is still given a negative stigma

And yet the artists continue to exist

In other music genres, not all of the artists’ personalities are that great either

Relying on their management to cook up a good and attractive image

Although its artist actually may not have a good image but thanks to his/her management’s clever ability to “package” them, they still appear good

Not all dangdut artists are without abilities, many of them are born with the talent, who maybe as babies were able to cry with dangdut’s unique voice twists 

Their parents are hopeful that they one day become dangdut singers because it’s easy money

Without the requirement of vocal lessons, such as those taken by Inul.

In Inul’s opinion, dangdut is huge art form that needs to be preserved

If there is something that is not right, then it needs to be corrected, not bullied or judged

Dangdut is rich

Its music, all instruments blending in; its artist’s voice, with that characteristic twist, which not all people can do; its provocative dance movements, all have their own values

It’s a process to develop its esthetic value

One should not deny the platform for dangdut artists just because they are considered less than other artists

They should be taught how to become good singers, good dangdut artists

Where Inul started, where she is now, it is all due to process

Those times when Inul had the opportunity to perform on stage with those who were already more successful

Sparked the desire-motivation-inspiration within her to continue to learn and become better

Taking notes from those better than herself

Not everyone can be compared equally

We are all destined to be different

Even identical twin babies will not do everything together (including farting)

Different is not strange

DIfferent is beautiful

Dangdut is the music of my country

Para penonton bapak bapak ibu ibu semua yang ada di sini

Audience, gentlemen, ladies who are here

Ada yang bilang

Someone said 

Dangdut tak goyang

Dangdut without dance moves

Bagai Sayur tanpa garam 

Is like a dish without salt

Kurang enak 

Is not delicious

Kurang sedap 

Is not good 

Dari itu inul goyang

That’s why Inul is dancing 

Agar semuanya senang

So everyone is happy

Bagi yang kurang berkenan

For those who don’t like

Melihat inul bergoyang

Seeing Inul dancing 

Jangan marah

Don’t get angry

Maafkanlah

Please forgive 

 (Lyrics from the song: Goyang Inul by Inul Daratista)

This is a story from Inul Daratista, a famous dangdut singer and entrepreneur in Indonesia from Pasuruan, East Java, who is currently residing in Jakarta. She rose to fame after her televised concert in Jakarta in January 2003. She is well-known for her signature dance moves which she calls Goyang Inul, goyang gerudi or ngebor (which literally means drilling). These gyrating hip dance moves were also the source of controversy with other dangdut singers and some conservative organizations in Indonesia as those were deemed immoral, inappropriate and would tarnish the dangdut music. They tried to ban her concerts but these actions and criticisms actually helped her become even more popular with the dangdut audience.

Inul is also active through her social media, being quite outspoken about the injustice, inequality and inhumanity issues in Indonesia.

Vocabularies

Aku iki sik heran (javanese) : I am still confused, perplexed, wondering

Norak : tacky

Menjangkau : reach

Meraup : scoop

Hajatan : celebration, ceremony, party/event

Didangdutin : music arrangement to dangdut style

Duit: money

Cengkok : the twist that is unique in dangdut singing

Justru : precisely, exactly, actually

Meliuk-liuk : shimmy, bobbing & weaving

Pukul rata : generalized / treated the same / equal 

Dicap : being judge / stamped 

Keroncong : traditional Indonesian folk music which is played with a flute, an     

                      Ukulele, a violin, a cello and string bass.

Inul speaks Indonesian with a mix of Javanese words, for example,  

“iki sik heran”

“Yo dangdutan” (Yo= yes or it’s also, dangdutan= action of presenting / enjoying dangdut) 

“Artise” the original word is artis, it means an artist / singer/ actress. Javanese often ends the word with ‘E’ to emphasize. 

“Ngentut” : farting, the word is kentut, Javanese often adds ng that change a word to a gerund/action

Some people, mostly the older generation, use the word burung (bird) as the polite way to say penis. 

Indonesians speak the national language with different accents and sometimes mix it with their dialects. 

Indonesian language used here is in the daily-conversation format, that has influences from the local culture and custom. Should you have questions on the more formal version, please consult with your guru Bahasa Indonesia.

Level of Indonesian and English fluency: Intermediate – Advanced