NEW YORK, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Dangdut Coffee House (IDCH) is a discussion forum to promote dangdut music and Indonesian coffee. The form has been launhed in New York, United States.
IDCH, which was established by the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, DR. Arifi Saiman, MA, together with dangdut singer Fitri Carlina. The forum was supported by Rhoma Irama, Dangdut in America, and WEPOC (We People of Culture), who are ready to launch the Dangdut Café in upcoming May.
"All of these are to promote dangdut music in the United States. Dangdut is our power. Dangdut is our pride. Keep moving forward, Dangdut Indonesia," said Afifi Saiman in a written statement on Saturday (02/27/2021).
The inauguration of IDCH was held by complying with the health protocols, and was enlivened by the performances of Rhoma Irama, Eskoh ft. Fitri Carlina, Farees Kaleemah along with Dangdut in America and Dangdut Cowboys, who are under care of Prof. Andrew Weintraub.
The event was also attended by all Indonesian head representatives in the United States and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Iwan Freddy Hari Susanto, who participated in the event online from Washington D.C.
There were also senior musician James F. Sundah, Head of Persatuan Artis Musik Melayu Dangdut Indonesia (PAMMI) in the US Rissa Asnan, who is also the founder of Dangdut in America, Romy Sembiring from WEPOC, Nini Carlina, Thomas Djorghi, pianist Tasya Rifalia, and the management of PAMMI in Jakarta.
Arifi Saiman expressed optimism that dangdut will be given official acknowledgement from UNESCO as one of Indonesia's cultural heritage.
"Let's work hard for dangdut so that it can get global acknowledgement as our culture, so that dangdut becomes world heritage," Arifi Saiman added.
Meanwhile, senior musician James F. Sundah, who also attended the event, expressed hope that dangdut musicians can get appreciation for their work.
"I hope that through this event, the artists of dangdut music can receive appreciation in the form of copyrights and its related rights," said James F. Sundah, who is a Commissioner of the National Collective Management Institute.