Indonesian folk legend Kempot dies of Covid-19


5th May, 2020 04:52:02 printer

Indonesian folk legend Kempot dies of Covid-19

Hugely popular Indonesian singer Didi Kempot passed away on Tuesday morning, a few weeks after he raised more than US$500,000 to help combat the pandemic.

The 53-year-old was a famous singer of a folk genre called campur sari - a blend of Javanese and modern music. He had been making music for three decades, but last year was catapulted back to fame after a video of young men looking sad while listening to his songs went viral on Instagram.

He held a concert on 11 April from his house, which was broadcast through a national TV channel and attended virtually by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo. The concert raised 7.6 billion rupiah ($500,000, £400,000) to help those who had lost their jobs to the crisis.

Kempot was dubbed the "godfather of the broken-hearted" by his fans, who in turn were dubbed sobat ambyar, friends of the scattered heart. They flocked to the internet today to express their mourning, with "Didi Kempot" and "Sobat Ambyar Berduka", or "mourning friends of the scattered heart", becoming worldwide trending topics on Twitter.