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Indonesia: What good for the Gaga...

1 June 2012 13:42

Tom McCawley is a Jakarta-based journalist and analyst.

Some Indonesians and foreign observers were perplexed at the Islamic moral outrage surrounding the cancelled visit of pop star Lady Gaga

Gaga was scheduled to perform on 3 June, but promoters cancelled the event due to threats from hardline Islamic groups who threatened violence if the risqué and controversial singer performed. But Indonesia has a local tradition of 'dangdut', a hybrid of Arabic and Indian music often performed by scantily-clad singers in working class areas gyrating in a sexual way. Dangdut is used in political campaigns, for religious education, and often, indeed to entertain police and military officers.