Indonesia’s Independence Day is indeed the most appropriate time to reminisce. One of the things that can make us more easily carried away by nostalgia is music. With music, it will be easier for us to remember memories of past times.
The music that usually makes you nostalgic the most is ost or soundtracks from movies. Only with the song being played, our memory will immediately remember the movie scene or even the mood when the movie was playing. Hey, you too right?
Especially at this August moment, let’s be nostalgic for old songs with nuances of independence that used to be film osts in Indonesia. When you hear this song, it’s guaranteed that the memories will immediately play in your memory. What’s the soundtrack list?
Garuda On My Chest – Neutral (OST. Garuda On My Chest)
Garuda On My Chest/ Photo: Wikipedia
Garuda Di Dadaku is a legendary Indonesian film that was released in 2009. Directed by Ifa Isfansyah, this film adapted from the novel Mimpi Sang Garuda raises the issue of a child’s dream of becoming a professional soccer player who plays for the Indonesian national team.
Reporting from Wikipedia, this film was a huge success by touching the number of 1.2 million viewers. Along with the popularity of the film, the soundtrack sung by the band Neutral is also at the peak of success. Until now, the Garuda Di Dadaku song is still often the “national” anthem at sporting events in the country.
In the current August period, of course Garuda Di Dadaku really needs to be included in your nostalgia playlist.
Flag – Chocolate (OST. Flag)
Flag – Chocolate/ Photo: Youtube /SonyMusicID
You must be familiar with the Flag song which was popularized by the Brown band, right? Yep! This one song turned out to be the soundtrack of the film Bendera in 2002, you know. Film Flag is the work of director Nan Achnas which tells the story of the adventures of a boy named Budi to get a flag for a ceremony.
Even though the film didn’t really hit the market, the Flag song was quite successful in stealing the attention of the Indonesian people. Even at the age of more than 20 years, this song is still often played for prestigious national events, including the August event.
True Love – Bunga Citra Lestari (OST. Habibie & Ainun)
Habibie & Ainun/ Photo: Wikipedia
This song by the famous musician Melly Goeslaw is specifically the soundtrack for the popular Indonesian biographical film, Habibie & Ainun. Specially popularized by Bunga Citra Lestari, this song seems to be an icon of true love in Indonesia.
This biographical film tells the story of Habibie’s love journey, the former president of the Republic of Indonesia. His career success was also the role of his wife, Ainun. Even until the end of their lives, their love still blooms and makes all of Indonesia moved.
By including the song Cinta Sejati on your playlist, you will not only be nostalgic about true love, but also about the struggles of Indonesia.
Indonesian Heritage – Rossa (OST Soekerno)
Soekarno/ Photo: Wikipedia
The biographical story of Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, was also shown on the big screen in 2013. Starring famous actors Ario Bayu, Lukman Sardi, to Maudy Koesnaedi, this film tells the story of Soekarno’s ups and downs fighting for independence.
The story of Soekarno’s struggle for independence was then sweetened with the soundtrack of the song Indonesia Pusaka sung by Rossa. The singer’s vocals are soft and distinctively successful in making everyone who hears this song get goosebumps. Until now, Rossa’s version of the Indonesian Pusaka song is still frequently played at various national grand events up to August 17 commemorations.
So what if I’m a woman? – Melly Goeslaw & Gita Gutawa (OST. Kartini)
Kartini/ Photo: Wikipedia
Apart from the president, several biographies of Indonesian heroes have also been shown on the big screen. One of them is Our Mother Kartini. The story of a hero who fights for women’s equal rights is immortalized in a film called Kartini, played by Dian Sastrowardoyo.
The soundtrack of the film which is about emancipation is also sung by women. Melly Goeslaw & Gita Gutawa with an epic duet performed the song Really, Why If I’m a Woman? Because of that, this song really needs to be included in your playlist, especially at this moment of independence.
Laskar Pelangi – Nidji (OST. Laskar Pelangi)
Rainbow Troops/ Photo: Wikipedia
Specially produced by Mira Lesmana, this film, which was first released in 2008, is one of the most successful. This film tells about the struggle of village children to get a proper education. Adapted from a novel with the same title, Laskar Pelangi is considered an icon of struggle.
Not only is the film popular, the Laskar Pelangi soundtrack has also skyrocketed in the market. Popularized by Nidji, this song will bring a special memory when enjoyed. So, don’t forget to include Laskar Pelangi in your independence playlist, OK, beauties!
So, those are some old Indonesian film soundtracks that make you nostalgic for Independence Day. From this list, which is your favourite?
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