Last Thursday (March 9th), Indonesia celebrated National Music Day. President Jokowi invited at least 200 Indonesian musicians to the state palace. Among them were Ita Purnamasari, Titiek Puspa, Bimbo, Vina Panduwinata, Tulus, Ariel “Noah”, Raisa, and so on.
In that special event, Jokowi delivered a heartwarming speech about music. He said he likes to listen to music every time he has to travel for work. For President Jokowi, music is what makes him free and more optimistic about life. It’s also music that keeps him company during his happy and sad moments.
Even though we didn’t actually get a chance to go to the event, we could really tell that Mr President was really happy that day. If you follow President Jokowi’s official Twitter account, you’d know that he was very happy to be able to meet all those musicians.
Jokowi wasn’t the only person who felt happy that day. All of the musicians who came seem to feel the same way—especially Raisa, who received a bicycle from President Jokowi after she was asked to come forward.
Oh yeah, people. President Jokowi also gave a pop quiz to our national musicians!
At first, President Jokowi asked the audience to name five Indonesian traditional songs. He then picked Ita Purnamasari to answer the question, which she did correctly. And, following the tradition, President Jokowi gave her a bicycle. But this time, he handed Ita his name card instead so she could exchange it with a bicycle later. Ita was also asked to perform one of the traditional songs, in which she decided to sing Lir Ilir, a traditional song from Central Java.
President Jokowi also asked Andre Hehanusa, Bimbo, Titiek Puspa, and Raisa to perform a song. Through her Insta Story, Raisa told her followers how she got a bicycle from the president. When President Jokowi gave a pop quiz, Raisa actually wanted to raise her hand, but she hesitated. Out of a sudden, the president called her name, asked her to come forward and sing a song. After perfectly belting out Indonesia Pusaka lyrics, Raisa jokingly asked for a bicycle to President Jokowi. And the rest was just history.
Our radar showed 357,348 buzz surrounding the topic “Hari Musik Nasional” (National Music Day) throughout March 9th to 14th. We also found 23,321 posts written by 2,626 unique headcounts. At least 20,720 of them were from news outlets, followed by 1,293 tweets, 1,076 Facebook posts, 224 forum threads, and 8 blog posts.
We’re just glad that President Jokowi didn’t give a pop quiz about fish anymore. Last time we checked, that didn’t go quite as planned.