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Rhoma Irama
Birth name Irama
Born December 11, 1946 (1946-12-11) (age 63)
Tasikmalaya, West Java, ID
Genres Dangdut
Occupations Musician, songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Soneta Group
Website http://www.rajadangdut.com

Rhoma Irama (born December 11, 1946, in Tasikmalaya, West Java) is an Indonesian dangdut singer and actor. During the height of his stardom in the 1970s, he became the self-proclaimed Raja Dangdut (King of Dangdut) with his group Soneta.

He was known as his stage name Oma Irama before he made a pilgrimage to Mecca and became a haji. He later took the name Rhoma Irama, which is an abbreviation of "Raden Haji Oma Irama" (Raden is an aristocracy title for Javanese and Sundanese cultures). Rhoma Irama is a member of aristocrat class of Sundanese from both his father,Raden Burdah Anggawirya, and mother line.[1]

His career began in the late 1960s when he recorded solo records and with the group Orkes Melayu Purnama. He sang duets on several record LPs with Indonesian female vocal stars such as Inneke Kusumawati, Ellya Khadam, Lily Junaedhy, Vivi Sumanti, and the later to be crowned 'Queen of Dangdut', Elvy Sukaesih. Once Oma broke from recording with the Purnama Group, he eventually formed Orkes Melayu Soneta, the first so-called Dangdut group. In fact, Oma established the term "Dangdut" with a song by that name from the early 70's. He wrote the classics "Kareta Malam" and "Kuda Lumping" which were sung by Elvy Sukaesih. Once Soneta was established in the early 70's, Oma changed his name to Rhoma and went on a decade long run of successful hit records and films, all of which starred Rhoma playing himself while performing all of his hits.

Discography (original albums)

  • Ke Bina Ria (1974)
  • Joget (1975)
  • Gitar Tua Oma Irama (1977)
  • Hak Asasi (1977)
  • Begadang (1978)
  • Rupiah (1978)
  • Berkelana (1978)
  • Begadang II (1981)
  • Sahabat (1982)
  • Indonesia (1983)

Filmography

  • Oma Irama Penasaran (1976)
  • Gitar Tua Oma Irama (1977)
  • Darah Muda (1977)
  • Rhoma Irama Berkelana I (1978)
  • Rhoma Irama Berkelana II (1978)
  • Begadang (1978)
  • Raja Dangdut (1978)
  • Cinta Segitiga (1979)
  • Camelia (1979)
  • Perjuangan dan Doa (1980)
  • Melody Cinta Rhoma Irama (1980)
  • Badai Diawal Bahagia (1981)
  • Pengabdian (1984)
  • Kemilau Cinta di Langit Jingga (1985)
  • Menggapai Matahari I (1986)
  • Menggapai Matahari II (1986)
  • Nada-nada Rindu (1987)
  • Bunga Desa (1988)
  • Jaka Swara (1990)
  • Nada dan Dakwah (1991)
  • Takbir Biru (1993)

References

  1. ^ RajaDangdut.com
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