The present Doodle, shown by Indonesia-based visitor artist Isa Indra Permana, celebrates notable Indonesian comedian, comedian, singer, lyricist, author, director, and producer Benyamin “Bang Ben” Sueb, who supported Jakarta, Indonesia’s Betawi culture as the star of in excess of 50 films and composer of more than 300 original songs.
On this day in 2018, Jakarta introduced Benyamin Sueb Park, a cultural place committed to maintaining the Betawi legacy to which Sueb dedicated such an extensive amount his life.
Benyamin Sueb was born on March 5th, 1939 in present-day Jakarta. He previously entered the music scene during the 1950s as an individual from the “Melody Boys,” a band that drew upon a wide assortment of global impacts.
Sueb later depended on more traditional Betawi musical idioms to compose hits including “Nonton Bioskop” (“Watching Movies”) and “Hujan Grimis” (“Drizzle”) and assisted with renewing the gabang kromong style through adored tunes like “Ondel-Ondel” (Giant Puppets).
Sueb’s acting career took off in the mid ’70s, and through the perspective of his regularly energetically comedic films, he is credited with painting a more exact portrayal of Betawi culture.
He collected approval for parts in films like “Intan Berduri” (“Thorny Diamond,” 1972) and “Si Doel Anak Modern” (“Doel the Modern Child,” 1976), the two of which earned him Best Actor Citra Awards at the Indonesian Film Festival.
In 1990, Benyamin made Ben’s Radio, Indonesia’s just radio broadcast committed to Betawi, which keeps on playing Sueb’s music right up ’til today.
Much Thank to you, Benyamin Sueb, for utilizing music and humor to protect important tradition and culture for a long time into the future!