Jakarta. Legendary Indonesian singer, songwriter and music director Candra Darusman took center stage at the Java Jazz Festival on Saturday (03/03), debuting songs from his new album and taking the audience on a trip down memory lane with his '80s "creative pop" hits.
The 60-year-old shared the stage with singers Monita Tahalea, Nina Tamam, Teddy Adhitya and Adikara Fardy to debut Candra’s new album, "Detik Waktu" (Seconds).
Candra also performed his classic hits from the '80s including "Kau" (You), "Senantiasa" (Everlasting) and "Dunia di Batas Senja" (The World on the Edge of Dusk).
Rising pop star Teddy Adhitya opened the concert with his covers of Kau and "Kekagumanku" (My Admiration), greeted warmly by the audience.
Indonesian Idol 2005 contestant Monita Tahalea followed with her rendition of "Perkenalan Perdana" (First Time We Met).
The daughter of legendary composer Tamam Husein, Nina Tamam, then sang two of Candra’s biggest hits, Senantiasa and "Rintangan" (Challenges).
In the middle of her performance, Nina told the crowd many of Candra's songs were her childhood favorites.
"I grew up listening to his music. It's such an honor to be able to stand here to sing with you," Nina said.
Teenage jazz virtuoso Adikara Fardy, who followed next, got the biggest applause from the nearly full crowd, especially for his jazzy and soulful version of Detik Waktu.
The singer said he was very honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Candra.
"I'm pretty new to this industry. I didn’t know I could sing, but I always knew I wanted to be a singer since I was just a kid," he told the audience.
Candra himself performed as a trio with long-time collaborators Erwin Gutawa and Budhy Haryono.
There was also a surprise performance by Chaseiro, the '70s boy band Candra was once a member of.
They sang "Pemuda" (Youth) and "Esok Kan Masih Ada" (Tomorrow Is Another Day).
"Most of you guys were probably not even born when these songs were on the radio, but come on, sing along with me, your parents will love you for it," Candra said.
All the artists came back on stage to sing an encore of Pemuda, before bidding farewell to the well-satisfied audience.