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DEWA-19, Ahmad Dhani & Baladewa are amazing for us. And now: Ari Lasso, Once Dewa, Maia Ahmad, Mulan Kwok, Ratu, and Dewi-Dewi are very Famous. They're Dewa products. Really, Dewa 19 is Amazing!

May 02, 2007
The History of DEWA-DHANI [part two]
Then in making of the next album of Dewa applies additional music for the drummer which inter alia : Ronald and Rere. After album in the title of "Terbaik - Terbaik" completed, admission Wong Aksan occupies position of drummer. But having completed making of album Pandawa Lima, on 04 Junes 1998 Wong Aksan released from Dewa 19, because drum blow Aksan is assessed to leads to jazz and instead admission Bimo Sulaksono ( former member of Netral) because is felted that Dewa 19 would concentration of rock music stream, and requires a drummer typically game of rock. Bimo also finally exits from this group and joints forces with Bebi to form group Romeo.

Between commutation problem of DEWA 19 personnel is, there are still heavier other problem that is two personnel of DEWA 19: Ari & Erwin experiences of drugs dependency. This Situation causes DEWA 19 vacuum temporary in Indonesia music. Ari Lasso a real difficult to be contacted have time to cause Album "BINTANG 5" to delay. Erwin sets mind on rehabilitation admission in Pesantren Institution to eliminate habit of the obsolence. Finally after passing time sufficiently long Erwin successfully full-recovers and starts prepares his self to finalize the 5th Album, though Erwin only as Additional player. But the problem doesn't end, because Ari Lasso increasingly difficult to be contacted, finally DEWA 19 sets mind on looks for substitution Vocalis which enlarge name of DEWA. Finally Dhani meets with Elfonda”Once”Mekel and invites to join. Because position of drummer still zero, DEWA also sets mind on looks for substitution Bimo. Coincidently Once has friend a Drummer that is Tyo Nugros which finally formal become drummer of DEWA.

After sufficiently long prepares matter for the 5th album having coronet “ Bintang Lima” in the year 2000 albums is success to release. Simply with commutation of 2 people personnel of DEWA, It brings fresh breeze, explosively of the 5th Album . Erwin returns to opening to become bassit Dewa. And expected this is last formation of Dewa. Success of fifth Album races Dewa for soon makes Album hereinafter, the 6th Album entitled “ Loves Love". This album drawn up maturedly and concepted, so that in range of time that is enough brief, The album is planned will be launched January 2002. When sixth album in the process, there is many emerging problems, i.a existence of song title case "Arjuna Mencari Cinta" sued and finally Dewa to set mind on changes the title becomes "Arjuna". Other problem is Dewa returns to must lose one of it's personnel.

Erwin steps back from Dewa. People say triggered by some things that is it is said cannot be tolerated again related to problem Manajemen. Deity sets mind on looks for substitution Erwin and emerges one names that is Yuke bassist band The Groove. Yuke is invited to joins as additional player. Frequently band group as of class DEWA 19 experiencing various problems which that changes-variety, this thing doesn't sort spirit of DEWA excise to. Even increasingly enlarges its name as Band which very flags in blantika Indonesia music. [the end]

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May 01, 2007
The History of DEWA-DHANI [part one]
In the year 1986, four students of SMPN 6 Surabaya starts embroiders dream respects to become famous musicians. Ably by the skin of one's teeth, they start carries banner so called DEWA. This name not simply overacting, but acronym from name of they are having four : Dhani Manaf [ Keyboard, Vowel], Erwin Prasetya [ Bass], Wawan Juniarso [ Drum], and Andra Junaidi [ Guitar]. At that time their craziness at musics had seen.It's not rarely each perforced to desert school, simply to be able to plays castanets. House Wawan in Jl. Darmawangsa Dalam Selatan No. 7 Surabaya, which located in the corner of Airlangga University Complex, becomes their station are because there is a set castanets although patch up but DEWA can exercise as his satisfied.

What differentiates Dewa with other Groups on Surabaya at the time is music colour which they played. If other groups fond of brings stream heavy metal property of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden, Deity emerges with property of Toto which more music stream tends to dressy of pop. Only altogether changed when Erwin which prefer tends to jazz presenting music fudion from Casiopea. Andra and Dhani which initialy always brings litling music of rock, finally follows him. The formation of Music stream of DEWA also shifts slowly, even they is not only plays Songs of Casiopea, but also masterpiece from other popular jazz musicians, as The Chick Corea or Uzeb. Dhani, Erwin, and Andra then then thinks about wishsing like Krakatau or Karimata, Others of Indonesian jazzy which very famous that moment. This Condition makes Wawan depression, this rock devotee feels DEWA has gone out line from rock stream. Finally Wawan decides exit from DEWA in 1988 and joints forces with other Outsider where Ari Lasso was exist here. Next year then cross to Pythagoras. Then his Position in DEWA is replaced by Salman, the senior in his school. Name Of DEWA also turns into Down Beat, taken away from an American popular jazz magazine

For surroundings of East Java, name of Down Beat enough to be recognized especially after successfully in festival podium championship, as "Festival Jazz Remaja se-Jawa Timur", prime champion of "Festival Band SLTA 1990" or champion II of "Jarum Super Fiesta Musik". Meanwhile, Pythagoras also successfully thus finalist of Indonesian Rock Festival, performed and promotored by Log Zhelebor. But for these guys which psychologically still in seeking of the spirit, jazz simply also only a sojourn. So after name of Slank flags their dream also changes. Wawan Juniarso soon is called again to start Dewa and Ari Lasso join. DEWA returns to straightening, but now the name of DEWA was changed to DEWA 19 because their average life is 19 years old.

As Does Slank, DEWA 19 also interlards having immeasurable music stream to grow into one style: pop, rock, even jazz, causing bears new alternative for that moment Indonesian music repertoire. Wawan classmate, Harun seemingly interested by the concept and soon liquefies fund 10 million rupiahs to capitalize his friends (DEWA 19) look for music sound stage. But Surabaya, there is no up to standard studio, they perforced to Jakarta though number of the funds explains by the skin of one's teeth. Finally they as possible costs effective: economize and economical. And, everything is done by themselves are including lifting goods etcetera. Here Their strength in the music are tested.

DEWA 19 Maiden's album, the title "19" has finished only in 25 shift. This is of course extraordinary for musicians measure create which is just steps on jungle capital. With master on-hand, Dhani having guerrilla out of one record companies to another. Whereas Erwin, Wawan, Andra and Ari bes awaiting it'sresult in Surabaya. Have several time to be refused, the master finally peeped at by Jan Djuhana from Team Records, which succeeded lobs Kla Project. And disguessfully, sale number of album 19 bursting in Indonesia market, after passing number 300.000 copies, and BASF rewards them with two appreciations at the same time. Each to categorize Best Newbie and Best Seller Album 1993. In making of album Format "Masa Depan", Wawan Juniarso chooses exit from DEWA 19. The reason is, there are incompatibility with the management. ( be Continued....)

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Personnel of DEWA 19


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