18 Jun '12, 9am

Indonesia's raunchy dangdut tests limits - Channel News Asia

Indonesia's raunchy dangdut tests limits - Channel News Asia

JAKARTA: In a country where opposition to Lady Gaga forced the provocative pop star to cancel her show this month, Indonesia's home-grown stars are also raising the ire of religious authorities. With increasingly lewd lyrics and raunchy dance moves, hugely popular "dangdut" music -- an Indonesian fusion of Arabic, Malay, Indian and western pop influences -- is testing the limits of propriety in the world's largest Muslim nation. Lady Gaga's decision to cancel the Indonesian leg of her world tour due to threats by certain Muslim groups opposed to her racy choreography and support for gay rights highlighted the increasing power of groups pushing a strict view of Islam. Yet such groups face an ongoing challenge on the domestic front with dangdut, a genre whose origins date back to the 1930s but whose critics contend is becoming increasingly sexually explicit. Some 200 new dan...

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