Dorce Gamalama

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Dorce Gamalama
Birth nameDedi Yuliardi Ashadi
Born (1963-07-21) 21 July 1963 (age 55)
Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia
GenresPop, Keroncong, Dangdut

Dorce Gamalama (born Dedi Yuliardi Ashadi; 21 July 1963) is an Indonesian trans woman, who is a pop singer, actress, presenter, and comedian.

Gamalama was born in Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia. She was raised by her grandmother after both parents died when she was a year old. Her grandmother introduced her to music while she was still at elementary school, singing with a group called the Bambang Brothers. In her teens she began to appear on stage in women's clothes, and took the stage name Dorce Ashadi.[1] She later underwent sex reassignment surgery in Surabaya.[2] Her stage name derived from mount Gamalama in Ternate.

Gamalama has three adopted children and owns a number of orphanages that have cared for thousands of children.[1]

Gamalama was the host of the popular mid-morning Dorce Show on the Trans TV network in Indonesia, and has written an autobiography entitled Aku Perempuan. She is of Minangkabau descent.[citation needed]

On 9 November 2008, Gamalama attended the funeral of Imam Samudra, one of the men executed for the 2002 Bali bombings. She spent half an hour in the house of the executed man and spoke with his mother. On leaving she was quoted as saying "I'm certain he's gone to heaven".[3]

On 12 May 2009, Gamalama announced that her show had been canceled.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Dorce Gamalama". (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 12 November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  2. ^ Hari, Kurniawan (3 July 2005). "Dorce: On duty and charity". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 2 December 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Dorce Hadiri Pemakaman Imam Samudra (Dorce attends funeral of Imam Samudra)". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Acara Digusur, Dorce Ogah Dipanggil Bunda Lagi". (in Indonesian). 21 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.

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