Widi Widiana

Music Corner 04.04.2013

Bali is one of Indonesia's provinces and is also the name of the largest island that is part of the province. Bali is located between Java and Lombok island with the provincial capital Denpasar which located in the southern part of the island. Bali is famous in world as a tourist destination with a unique variety of art and cultural. Widi Widiana is a familiar name to lovers of Balinese pop song. Widi is one of Bali's male singer who until now still maintaining his distinctive colors: Bali-Mandarin. The man who was born in Kuta, April, 5,1974 claimed that he never dreamed of becoming a singer. Widi who originally brought dangdut songs began his music career in the 1990s. At that time he and his brother were given with set of band by their father. The opportunity was used to learn to play the guitar. He formed a band "Diana Junior" with his brothers and "Diana Senior" with foreign musicians, where WiDi was the vocalist. "Diana Junior" only appeared in the local region while "Diana Senior" appear in hamlets in Legian and Kuta until Denpasar, Tabanan, Singaraja, Gianyar and Bangli. "Diana Senior" group finally met with Yan Bero, Bali’s famous singer of that era and started to performans to various regions. Yan Bero sings Bali songs, while Widi sings Indonesian dangdut. From the dangdut flow, Widi switched to reggae, and the group began playing in cafes. In 1993, Yan Stereo, Bali singer, invite Widi to recording songs. Out of his kondoledge his father composed 10 songs for Widi. Three of the songs included in the compilation album "Iluh Mebaju Barak" along with four other singers, Maharani Record production. The album got good response from the market. In 1994, Yan Stereo asked Jimi Silaa to make compilation album together with Sri Dianawati under Aneka Record. Banner. Once compilation again the album was booming. Widi again awarded a contract by Various Record launched solo album "Sesapi putih" which also includes one song composed by the late "Ni Luh Sekar" his fater. The album was also success in the market. Widi’s contract was extended until 2004 and had produced several albums. According to Widi, then he can release albums every 8 months. The man whose nick name, I Ketut Widiana  re-launch his new album after vacuum at the end of 2012 after got marriage in 2005. On this album, one song was sung  duet with his sister, Sri Dianawati. Widi said, as long as he did not release an album, he was still performing in the show ofcertain events. The man who is now in the property business is committed to still exist to preserve Bali’s song and hosted in their homeland, Bali. He also hopes the younger generation still love Bali’s song.                   

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