International keroncong festival to be held in Surakarta

An International Keroncong Festival will be held in the palace of the Surakarta sultanate here from December 4 to 6, 2008.

Some 14 `keroncong` groups, including one from Malaysia, are to participate in the festival, according to Beng Mitosih, chairman of the festival`s organizing committee, here on Tuesday.

Famous Indonesian singers such as Melly Goeslaw, Ikhsan Ido, and Tia AFI will perform at the festival of one of Indonesia`s traditional musical arts.

The participating keroncong groups will include Harmony Chinese Music from Bandung (West Java), Johor Heritage Foundation of Malaysia, Irama Bama of Surabaya (East Java), and Rinonce of Yagyakarta.

The festival is also expected to help promote Surkarta`s tourism.

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