Farel Prayoga, street busker from Banyuwangi, sways the Palace to the tune of dangdut

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Farel Prayoga performance at the celebration of Indonesia’s 77th year of Independence at the Merdeka Palace, Wednesday (17/8). (Source: BPMI Setpres)

The clip is part of a full video of Filla Talia’s performance with ONE NADA. It has amassed more than 20 million views since it was uploaded a month ago. This brought him to the Palace to celebrate the Independence Day with other musicians such as Vidi Aldiano and Lyodra.

Farel’s performance made Agus “Abah Lala” Purwanto, the writer of Ojo Dibandingke, shed emotional tears. Abah Lala said he was very proud because his song was performed in front of President Jokowi.

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After his performance, his Instagram account @farel.prayoga.official has been followed by more than 20,000 people. Meanwhile, his TikTok account @farelpenyanyicilik garnered more than 105,000 followers.

Other than Ojo Dibandingke, Farel has also performed covers of other singers, such as Joko Tingkir Ngombe Dawet, Pecah Seribu, Lewung and Satru 2. Farel has also joined the Aneka Safari Record label. It is possible that in the not-so-distant future he may release his own album and become a star musician. (rr)