Discover The Spirit of Lokananta – When we stayed in the Sunan Hotel. We took a tour to the Indonesia’s legendary recording studio: Lokananta, the must-go to spot to visit in Solo if you like Indonesian music and if not, well you should still go because you’ll definitely enjoy it. Lokananta can be translated as ‘Gamelan sounds from heaven’, a recording studio which was “heaven” primarily for recording gamelan music.

There’s a lot of sounds with multicoloured signs, histories and plenty of collections full of heritage that will make you travel back in time to when you were a kid.

Sight seeing and listening a thousand of vinyl records from @Lokananta_musik collections with @thesunanhotel. ? And here’s master speech of Soekarno as 1st President and proclamation of Indonesian independence text was read at 10am on Friday, August 17, 1945. ??

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Lokananta has over 40,000 recordings, which include some 5,200 commercial labels, in its collection. The studio also holds the master recordings of Indonesia’s first president Sukarno’s speeches as well as recordings of the national anthem, “Indonesia Raya”, “Bengawan Solo” (by noted composer Gesang) and “Walangkekek” (by noted singer Waldjinah).

Lokananta also has the biggest collection of keroncong and gamelan orchestra recordings (Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, even Bataknese), along with the first recorded speeches of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno and the original version of the national anthem. Gesang, Titik Puspa, Wajinah, Idris Sardi, Ismail Marzuki, Bubi Chen, Jack Lesmana, and Bing Slamet are a few of many legendary artists whose recorded their music on Lokananta.

Bowie Holiday with Bemby Ananto at the studio.

The Lokananta, one of Solo’s oldest. It’s definitely one to visit!

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