Fariz RM

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Fariz RM
Fariz RM.jpg
Fariz in 2006
Background information
Birth name Fariz Rustam Munaf
Born (1959-01-05) 5 January 1959 (age 58)
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–present

Fariz Rustam Munaf, better known as Fariz RM (born Jakarta, 5 January 1959) is an Indonesian musician and audio-visual artist.[1] Beginning his career in 1977, he has released 19 solo albums and three with other artists. He is best known for his songs "Barcelona" and "Sakura" (Cherry Blossom). Three of his solo songs were listed in Rolling Stone Indonesia's 2009 list "The 150 Best Indonesian Songs of All Time", with another of his compositions also listed.


Fariz Rustam Munaf was born on 5 January 1959 in Jakarta.[2] His mother, Anna Reijnenberg, was a piano teacher of Dutch-Betawi descent.[2] He began studying music at age five, beginning with classical piano and later studying the blues.[3]

In 1977, Fariz joined the Prambors FM Song Writing Contest for adolescents, finishing in the top ten.[2] That same year, he played the drums on the album Badai Pasti Berlalu;[4] it was during this time that Chrisye gave him the nickname Fariz RM, which Fariz continued to use as a stage name because "Chrisye thought it sounded nice."[3]

In 1979, Fariz released his first album Selangkah ke Seberang. The following year, Fariz released Sakura – Japanese word for Cherry blossom, which made him famous.[2] During the 1980s, Fariz was a "poster boy" often featured in magazines for teenagers.[3]

In 2001 Fariz was among prominent individuals summoned by the Jakarta Police and questioned for their alleged links to Aceh Referendum Information Center (SIRA)[5] and questioned in relation to the bombing of an Acehnese dormitory in Setiabudi in May of that year.[1] Based on documments seized, Police suspected that he had aided the perpetrators based on a letter he had sent to Tengku Abdullah Syafiie, leader of the Free Aceh Movement, expressing sympathy and support for the group's separatist cause.[5] After Fariz was released, he mentioned that he had received a large amount of support from reporters.[1] Fariz also expressed concern for Acehnese refugees, to whom he was prepared to donate some proceeds of record sales.[5]

Fariz was arrested for marijuana possession in 2007; he was sentenced to eight months in prison and rehab.[6]

In 2009, Fariz wrote and published Living in Harmony, a book on his life and influences, with Budianto Shambazy and Salomo Simanungkalit as editors. It outlined 60 events in his life and how they influenced him.[7][8]

During his career, Fariz has been a member of numerous bands, including WOW, Jakarta Rhythm Section, Symphony, Transs, Rollies, and Giant Steps.[2] His influences include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Police, Marvin Gaye, and Claude Debussy. The Jakarta Post considers his music "... a spectrum of styles and sounds not immediately apparent, except to discriminating ears..."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Fariz is married to Oneng. Together they have three children and his niece is the Indonesian singer and actress Sherina Munaf. He enjoys reading and has stated that he prefers small concerts, feeling "ashamed" when one of his concerts caused road congestion.[3]


  • 1989 BASF Awards for BARCELONA

In 2009, Rolling Stone Indonesia listed 3 of Fariz's solo songs as the best Indonesian songs of all time, with "Sakura" placing 9th, "Barcelona" 23rd, and "Selangkah ke Seberang" 121st. Another of Fariz's compositions, "Hasrat dan Cinta" (Desire and Love), covered by Andi Meriem Matalatta, placed 103rd.[9] and "Interlokal" which Fariz played with his band Symphony in 94th.



  • Chr Nast (FRM Private Library - 08129083267)
  • Rolling Stone Indonesia[2]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1979 – Selangkah ke Seberang (A Step Across)
  • 1980 – Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
  • 1981 – Panggung Perak (The Silver Stage)
  • 1982 – Peristiwa 77–81 (The 77–81 Incident)
  • 1983 – Fariz & Mustaka
  • 1984 – Peristiwa 81–84 (The 81–84 Incident)
  • 1985 – Musik Rasta (Rasta Music)
  • 1987 – Do Not Erase
  • 1988 – Living In Western World
  • 1989 – Fariz Hitz
  • 1989 – Fashionova
  • 1990 – Cover Ten
  • 1992 – Balada (Ballad)
  • 1993 – Romantic
  • 1996 – Dongeng Negeri Cinta (Fable from the Land of Love)
  • 1997 – Super Medley
  • 1998 – Kronologi (Chronology)
  • 2001 – Dua Dekade (Two Decades)
  • 2002 – Mix!
  • 2006 – Curse on Cozmic Avenue
  • 2012 - Fenomena

With other bands[edit]


  • 1981 - Hotel San Vicente
  • 1981 - Tembang Remaja


  • 1982 - Trapesium
  • 1983 - Metal
  • 1987 - N.O.R.M.A.L

Jakarta Rhythm Section[edit]

  • 1981 - Jakarta Rhythm Section
  • 1983 - Pesona Rindu
  • 1984 - Reinkarnasi
  • 1990 - Aku Harus Pergi (Singles Collection)

Fariz RM Group[edit]

  • 1996 - Revolusi Hiu, Ular dan Cendrawasih


  • 1987 - Living In Western World (Fariz RM)
  • 1988 - Malam Dansa (Nourma Yunita)
  • 1989 - Kencan (Single - Indonesia's Top Ten)


  • 1983 - Produk Hijau ( Green Product)
  • 1990 - Rasio & Misteri(Ratio and Misery)
  • 1991 - Lupus IV (Original Soundtrack Lupus IV)

Duet albums[edit]

  • 1991 – Gala Premiere (w/ Jacob Kembar)
  • 1992 – Asean Skies (w/ Janet Arnaiz)
  • 1993 – Tabu (w/ Renny Djajoesman; Taboo)


  1. ^ a b c Sri Ramadani (7 August 2001). "Guess What? Fariz RM". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Denny MR (17 March 2011). "Fariz RM". Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo (27 July 2009). "Fariz R.M.: Success without sacrificing idealism". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Nast 2009, pp. 195–199
  5. ^ a b c "Police to question governor, musician over bombing". The Jakarta Post. 18 May 2001. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fariz on Comeback Trail After Rehab". The Jakarta Globe. 4 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Fariz to launch book on his life". The Jakarta Post. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. ^ RM 2009, p. cover
  9. ^ "150 Lagu Indonesia Terbaik Sepanjang Masa Archived 16 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.." Rolling Stone Indonesia. December 2009. (Indonesian)