THE hit Indonesian pop-rock song Sandiwara Cinta has become a household tune since it first came on air in 2014.
The infectious anthem about honesty in a romantic relationship is a staple in karaokes, and Malaysian fans will get to hear it live from the six young men who created it this month.
Vocalist Ruri, guitarists Hexa and Ei, bassist Lavy, keyboardist Tyar and drummer Randy make up rock band Repvblik.
Formed in Bogor, West Java in 2004, Repvblik’s other hit songs include Aku Takut, Hanya Ingin Kau Tahu, Buatku Abadi and Sudah Cukup.
Repvblik's concert tour in Malaysia — its fifth showcase here — takes in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and Kota Kinabalu.
Organised by A Loud Nation Entertainment, it’s themed The Repvblik And Friends Malaysia Tour 2019.
Specially to give music lovers a "memorable end to 2019”, the tour will be held at KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur on Dec 18 followed by Persada in Johor Baru on Dec 20.
The Kota Kinabalu concert will be on Dec 22 but the venue has yet to be decided.
Ruri said: "We first visited Malaysia in 2007 and we've always had strong support from Malaysian fans.
"This is the first time we are going beyond Kuala Lumpur. We can’t wait to meet and greet fans in Johor Baru and Kota Kinabalu."
Repvblik has six albums to its credit, namely Punya Arti (2007), Hidupku Di JalanMu (2007), Aku Dan Perasaan Ini (2009), Transisi (2011), Sandiwara Cinta (2014) and Aku Tetap Cinta (2016).
Aku Takut's title track has thus far garnered 181 million views on YouTube.
Repvblik will be joined by Malaysian rock band Floor 88 and Indonesian pop singer Andmesh Kamaleng in its tour.
Andmesh, 22, from Alor in Nusa Tenggara, is famous for Cinta Luar Biasa. The song has attracted 161 million views on YouTube.
Discovered in the reality show Rising Star Indonesia in 2017, Andmesh loves pop and jazz tunes.
He is also known for the songs Jangan Rubah Takdirku, Hanya Rindu and Nyaman.
Floor 88 was formed in 2009 and comprises vocalist Nik Fadlee Elhamshah (Ayie), guitarists Zai Hamzah (Achoi) and Amirul Affeq, bassist Muhammad Falique, keyboardist Eric Fuzi and drummer Muhammad Akram.
The former students of the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy released their first single Zalikha in 2017.
Other notable songs by them are Ku Putih, Aqilah, Kemaafan Di Hari Raya, Roadblock Hatiku (a duet with Baby Shima), Tak Dapat Raya and Hutang.
They are also talented actors who have appeared in the films Kau Roadblock Hatiku (2018) and Tok Moh Talent Agency (2019).
Ayie said: "We are delighted to perform with one of Indonesia's most popular rock groups of the last decade. We met them a couple of times during their previous visits to Kuala Lumpur, and we are honoured that they have invited us to open for them.
"It is also great to share the stage with Andmesh, one of Indonesia's new singing sensations."
Repvblik and Floor 88 will each perform six to 10 songs in the two-hour concerts which will begin at 8.30pm.
There will also be one or two "mystery artistes".
"We always look forward to singing in Malaysia. Malaysians comprises our biggest fans outside Indonesia. We promise to give our audiences three nights to remember. We also hope to get as many of them to share their singing skills with us on stage."
Repvblik and Floor 88 announced the concert at a recent Press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Also present was A Loud Nation Entertainment chief executive officer Khairul Azim.
Khairul said: "Repvblik has captured the hearts of many Malaysians with its heartfelt songs over the last 10 years. This is its biggest concert in the country to date. We are confident that fans will give the boys their full support.”
Tickets are priced from RM148 to RM188 and can be obtained at www.myticket.asia.
Call 03-8605 0195.