Nining Meida solo concert at Sabuga, Bandung not only the first solo concert of Sundanese musician at this most representative building concert in town, but also (and I hope) the first "opening way" to more and more of Sundanese musician to held their act in their own land.
Nining Meida is the leged of Sundanese pop singer. A lot of her song are very famous in Sundanese pop songs lover. When I read about her free entry Konser Tunggal (solo concert) at Sabuga, Bandung, Indonesia, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to know her because honestly I didn’t know much about her songs.
Arrive at Sabuga, it took a long time for me and some of people who didn’t bring the invitation to go inside the building concert. The newspaper didn’t said about that but there are so many audience who bring the invitation for this free concert that made me feel like I’m the B class audience T-T Kind of strange burreauchracy for freen entry concert. After an hour passed by finally the gate guard let me and a few of none invitation audience to come inside the concert building.
Just like I guess the front side of the stage are already full with Nining Meida’s fans, the only seat left for me was the right wing which is very far for my Horizon Perfekt camera to shoot Nining Meida’ stage act. But if I give up I’m wasting one hour waiting outside before so I try to go down and find an empty space at the front stage. Lucky me because the majority of the concert audience are mature woman who always want to go to the toilet. When one of them are leaving the space in front of the stage, I take this opportunity to seat there. Hey, it’s a free concert, right? So it’s not a cruel to take other position =p
Kang (the Sundanese called for man that older than you) Kusye, the old member of famous Sundanese comedian group called De Bodor (Bodor = joke in Sundanese language), opening the show accompanied by Kang Benny, the new member of New De Bodor. De Bodor member itself consist of Sundanese legend comedian such as Kang Ibing (the late), Aom Kusman (the late), Suryana Fatah a.k.a. Babah Holiang (the late) who his song are popular again this day after Sule, the new Sundanese comedian generation always sing his song “Cici Lalang”. Before Kang Ibing passed away, Kang Kusye said that he was told by Kang Ibing to continuing this group which had entertained Sundanese and Indonesian since 70’s era. Enough but De Bodor, let’s get back to Nining Meida. Kang Kusye also steal the intention of the crowd with his act when called Nining Meida.
Nining Meida appear with an elegant costume. She also helped by a lot of featuring musician and singer. The background dancer also being the essential part of the shows. Since the first song until the end of the shows, the crowd were sing along that made me feel very excited eventhough I didn’t know every single one of Nining’s songs lyric.
Unfortunately the concert was also invited the governor of West Java who will be competing again at the election of West Java governor on February 2013. The atmosphere of hidden campaign are more become real when the host invite him and his wife to sing one of Nining’s song. The crowd were enthusiast except me. What can I say, it’s not cheap to held concert at Sabuga, and this is the part of “thanks to the governor of West Java”.
Back to the concert, after the lousy performance of the governor, Nining appear with new costumes. Now she wear some tiara (I don’t know the exact name) on her head. She look like my dream woman =p She even didn’t look like the mother of three teenager child.
At the end of the shows the crowd were moving to the lip of the stage. I took this chance to move more closer to Nining Meida and friend and snap them with my Horizon Perfekt.
Unfortunately I’m not as fast as this bunch of mature lady who snap Nining hundred time with their so today gadget. But the most attractive crowd were the supporter of Sundanese soccer/football team, Persib Bandung. Nining always walk through them who were at the right of the stage when the concert were held. They’re the most enthusiast dancing and sing along crowd that night.
Not only as a favorite soccer/football team, Persib Bandung also the icon of Sundanese and West Java. Many years ago the fabulous story about West Java people who didn’t have money to come to Bandung to watch Persib match, and they sold all of the possession they have such as clothes or sheep just to watch their love football team. Watching Nining Meida not only watching the music concert, also watching about Sundanese culture which started to show up in front of Bandungnese public. It really satisfied my thirsty soul after boring with hundred of copy cat UK/US musician in Bandung.