Ahmad Dhani of Dewa

Oct 10th, 2006, in IM Posts, by

Rock group Dewa's lead guitarist Ahmad Dhani is featured in the Washington Post.

The tunes of many Dewa songs, particularly "Aku Milikku", which has a really fine opening, and ending, are a familiar sound in the Indonesia Matters bunker and it's pleasing to see the group's main man get some international attention, if not precisely for his music.

Ahmad Dhani of Dewa
Ahmad Dhani of Dewa

The WP writes on 7th October that Dhani is battling hard to keep Indonesian youth away from the influence of radical Islam. In the United States currently to, of all things, meet with top U.S. government and military leaders at the 2006 National Homeland Defense Foundation Symposium in Colorado, Dhani, accompanied by Abdurraham "Gus Dur" Wahid, says that he seeks to promote a harmonious, moderate Islam through his music. Dhani apparently asked for long term assistance from the West to help in combating extremism in Islam.

A drop out from a fundamentalist Islamic school Dhani came to be increasingly influenced by the Naqshbandi school of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam well suited to the Javanese mind and popular in East Java in particular, and the effects of this have been increasingly seen in the music of the band. In late 2004 the album "Laskar Cinta", or "Warriors of Love" was launched, the title of which was likely a play on the name of a militant jihadist group "Laskar Jihad" (Holy War Warriors) whose members wrought much misery and death upon Indonesian Christians in the civil wars of central Sulawesi and the Malukus in the late 1990's and early 2000's.

Radical Islamic groups took a dim view of Ahmad Dhani and he and his family went into hiding in 2005. However by the end of the year the band had produced a new album, "Republik Cinta" (Republic of Love), this time with a song entitled "Laskar Cinta" (the previous album of the same name did not have a title track), in which apparently some Quranic and hadith verses were included in the lyrics of.

Read Rock Star Rattles Radical Islam at Washington Post, there is also an older article from the same place, Songs Against Terrorism, October 2005. See also Libforall.

42 Comments on “Ahmad Dhani of Dewa”

  1. […] to their small gig, I also interviewed Mulan Jameela (previously known as  Mulan Kwok) and Ahmad Dhani.  Pictures leave it to next time, not processed […]

  2. avatar SilverCloud says:

    Hello…to all….Hi guys & Gals….yes here we go ahmad dhani is the topic…..For all to know I am a hardcore dewa fan and also of course ahmad dhani…I admire for all his achievement and all the sucess he gain from all the hard work that he has done …….

    But for now I am very very upset with this GUY ……I went to KL all the way to watch the concert …..because I am from Brunei …I went to KK sabah again to watch him on stage…..But do you guys know what I found out …? I was surfing around and saw accidentally a ZIONIST website ….The ZIONIST web admit that the star logo which belongs to thier which has the LOGO the star LOGO and the STAR of DAVID for which I feel
    we are being cheated by him…….I stopped wearing the DEWA t shirt nowadays…….cos I am a Muslim and I wont wear ZIONIST logo on my shirt for sure…….Then I found out again on his Video CLip with his sons….Kamu Kamu lah syurga ku…..Oh Ya Allah …he wears..??? Go and watch yourself …I wont tell others Bad deeds……liat sendiri

  3. avatar musicfans says:

    Well, Achmad Dhani is looking for sensation only. He needs that to publish his music works and that’s it. He relates the albums he made with religious to show he got some characteristics which I think ‘showoff’ only.

    Usually, the great musician is just sit back quite to find his inspiration and do something just to trigger the focus of music making and arranging it. I used to be a fan of Achmad Dhani just after he did something with dewa (when he decided to be a vocalist) and his wife.

  4. avatar Firdaus Nirvana says:

    Ahmad Dhani? Aaahhh…. Big F*CKIN’ liar! F*ckin’ A*shole! I used to admire him but not anymore coz he’s just f*ckin’ arrogant, think that he can do what ever he wants to do to his wife.

    Basically WE ALL HUMAN. THE DIFFERENCE IS JUST THE SEX. If he says woman is second class than a man means his mother and his grandmother is second class or nothing too!

    We all equal. God’s creature. If he thinks man should be on top of woman. feel sorry for the person that born as a woman. IMAGINE IF YOU WERE BORN AS A WOMAN AND SOMEONE SAID ‘WOMAN SHOULD FOLLOW WHAT MAN’S SAYS AND WOMAN IS UNDER MAN’S THUMB!”
    THAT’S F*CKWIT! That called arrogant. Did you realized that? :)

    Which century you live in mate? Every human is GOD’S creature. Every human has a right to live, doesn’t matter what religion they are. Is that what GOD’s want? God create a human to kill each other just because of their religion? is that WHAT GOD’S WANT? SO HE CREATE US TO KILL EACH OTHER? QUR’AN MADE BY HUMAN NOT GOD!

    Love and Peace not War.

  5. avatar arin says:

    OK stop talking about him (dhani)
    in fact he knows nothing about Islam.

  6. Music is music… dhani is dhani…..jew is jew..don’t complicate things and don’t make your life miserable think something that not important at all.
    Who ever he is , so what? He just a musician, if you don’t like him, just ignore him.
    Simple as that.

  7. avatar kitrok sariwan jr says:

    You have to decide wether to become a musician or a politician or religius teacher
    You also have to decide wether to be a muslim or Non-muslim.
    If you decide to become a muslim…so please stop your Zoinist propaganda through
    your songs and lyrics.Be youself.Dont sell your pride to the cruel Zionist & to the wild
    wild west.


  8. avatar Yani Arifin says:

    Selamat Pagi Mr Ahmad Dhani.
    Saya orang Indonesia tinggal di Kuwait untuk bekerja.
    Anak saya sangat ngefans dengan anda dan dia bilang bahwa anda ‘King Maker’ terbaik di Indonesia saat ini.

    oya, anak saya punya bakat potensial sebagai bintang vocal.
    Ada prestasinya dan semangatnya kuat.
    Saya benar-benar ingin ‘berjuang buat anak saya’.

    Semoga Panjenengan bersedia dengan niat tulus kami.
    Thanks atas dibacanya tulisan ini.
    Matur Nuwun…

  9. avatar Tri says:

    Everyone was born innocent ….
    He never asked to be born as Jew’s …
    He is a moslem (see his KTP or ID card) and He lives in Indonesia …. He is Indonesian …
    So, he is my brother ….

  10. avatar gabi ashkenazi says:

    dhani, bring back dewa “bintang lima” formation once, erwin, andra, tyo….
    rise dewa from death

  11. avatar ahmad says:

    I do not care what they think with Ahmad Dhani. one thing I can say that I am very impressed with him in all his works are very intriguing and touching. a song of his that I really like even though I do not know the title. lyrics like this: Suddenly the rain fulls. showering the stone dessert. wash a way the stear of yesterday. i hear a Soud off. reasing a corres. song by the angel. and the brouken herors. i found the place where dreams and life Became one …. Became one … Became one.

  12. avatar ahmad says:

    I’d love to meet with Ahmad Dhani ….
    please help me so that I could meet with him.
    or is there among you who can tell me a way that I could meet with him.

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