Sys NS

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Sys NS
Born
Haryo Heroe Syswanto Ns. Soerio Soebagio

(1956-07-18)18 July 1956
Died23 January 2018(2018-01-23) (aged 61)
CitizenshipIndonesian
OccupationDisc jockey, actor, director, politician
Years activec.1965–2018

Haryo Heroe Syswanto Ns. Soerio Soebagio (18 July 1956 – 23 January 2018), better known as Sys NS, was an Indonesian radio personality and politician.

Biography[edit]

Early life and music career[edit]

Sys was born in Semarang, Central Java, on 18 July 1956. In the late 1960s he established an underground radio station with his elder brother.[1] In 1970 Sys joined Prambors FM in Jakarta as a DJ and broadcaster.[2] In 1975 Sys was chosen as Indonesia's best DJ.[3]

In 1976 he and fellow Prambors employee Mochamad Noor came up with the idea for a teenage song-writing competition.[2] For one song, "Lilin-Lilin Kecil", written by James F. Sundah, Sys felt as though he needed "someone with the voice of an angel".[a] to sing "Lilin-Lilin Kecil", and in his opinion Chrisye fitted the role perfectly. Having heard Chrisye's voice on the indie album Guruh Gipsy (1976), Sys decided that he had exactly the voice required.[4] After Jockie Soerjoprajogo and Imran Amir failed to convince the singer, Sys met him and showed Chrisye the lyrics; this led Chrisye to agree to sing the song.[5] "Lilin-Lilin Kecil", despite coming in ninth place, went on to become the most commercial song of that year.[6]

Sys made his film debut with a minor role in Sjumandjaja's film Kabut Sutra Ungu (Mist of Purple Silk), filmed in 1979.[7] In 1980 he played in the film Seindah Rembulan (As Beautiful as the Moon); he was also instrumental in convincing Chrisye to join the cast.[8] He continued working with Prambors and other radio stations throughout the 1980s, helping promote the comedy troupe Warkop and introducing tribute acts of Western bands.[2] Sys went on the hajj to Mecca in 1989. Upon returning to Indonesia, he reportedly destroyed his collection of pornographic materials, condoms, and sex toys — which he had been collecting to open a museum — in response to his growing devotion towards Islam.[9] By 1990 Sys had become vice president of Duta Media Citra Radio.[10]

Politics[edit]

After the death of Ratno Timoer in 1998, Sys became the head of the Indonesian Film Performers' Association (Persatuan Artis Film Indonesia or PARFI).[11] The following year he became active in politics, being elected as a member of the People's Consultative Assembly. In 2001, he helped found the Democratic Party.[3]

In 2004 Sys' term as a representative finished.[3] That same year, he campaigned extensively to have Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono elected as President of Indonesia. Afterwards, Sys found himself seemingly ignored by the party; in 2005 he campaigned to be chairman of the party, but lost to Yudhoyono's brother-in-law Hadi Utomo. In response, in 2006 Sys left the Democrats and founded the Party of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (Partai Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia).[12]

By 2009, Sys was secretary general of the Regional Unity Party.[13] In 2011, he directed and sponsored a satirical pop opera entitled Cinta Anak Koruptor dan Pacarnya (Love of the Corrupter's Child and Partner) with Rp. 1 billion (US$110,000) of his own money. The opera, held at Ismail Marzuki Park, sold out.[14]

Personal life and death[edit]

He was married to Shanty Widhiyanti, with 3 children, Syanindita Trasysty, Sabdayagra Ahessa, and Sadhenna Sayanda.[15]

On 23 January 2018, Sys died at Pondok Indah Hospital in Jakarta.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Sys NS appeared in eight films.[7]

  • Kabut Sutra Ungu (Mist of Purple Silk; 1980), as Robby
  • Seindah Rembulan (As Beautiful as the Moon; 1980)
  • Betapa Damai Hati Kami (How Peaceful Our Hearts; 1981)
  • Sama-sama Enak (1987)
  • Terang Bulan di Tengah Hari (Moon Shining at Noon; 1988), as Sony
  • 18++: Forever Love (2012)
  • Loe Gue End (You and I are Done; 2012), as Alana's father
  • 17 Tahun ke Atas (17 and Up, 2014)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original: "... orang yang punya suara malaikat."

References[edit]

Footnotes

Bibliography

  • "150 Lagu Indonesia Terbaik Sepanjang Masa" [150 Best Indonesian Songs of All Time]. Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian) (56): 47. December 2009.
  • Anwar, Joko (3 January 2003). "Remembering a film legend, Ratno Timoer". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • Arifin, Luqman Hakim; Febriana, Bernadetta; Siregar, Basfin; Bahawares, Rach Alida (18 December 2006). "Napas Pendek Zombie Frustrasi" [Short Breaths of Frustrated Zombies]. Gatra (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • "Election defeat a bitter pill to swallow". The Jakarta Post. 13 April 2009. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • Endah, Alberthiene (2007). Chrisye: Sebuah Memoar Musikal [Chrisye: A Musical Memoir] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama. ISBN 978-979-22-2606-5.
  • Endah, Alberthiene (2008). The Last Words of Chrisye (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama. ISBN 978-979-22-5655-0.
  • "Filmografi Sys NS" [Filmography for Sys NS]. filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfidan Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  • Hakim, Rakhmat Nur (23 January 2018). "Mantan Politisi Demokrat Sys NS Meninggal Dunia" [Former Democrat Politician Sys NS Passes Away]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  • Messakh, Matheos V. (29 November 2008). "Sys NS blames govt for high ticket prices". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • NS, Sys (2007). "Suaranya..., Gila!" [His Voice... Crazy!]. In Endah, Alberthiene. Chrisye: Sebuah Memoar Musikal [Chrisye: A Musical Memoir] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama. p. 346. ISBN 978-979-22-2606-5.
  • Sianipar, Tito (28 March 2011). "Kuncinya Spontanitas" [The Key is Spontaneity]. Tempo (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • Soekanto, Santi W.E. (6 January 2002). "Religious awakenings: Stars' spiritual turning points". The Jakarta Post (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • Soemohardjo, Suyanto (23 January 2018). "Sosok Sys Ns di Mata Harry Tjahjono yang Mengenalnya Sejak Tahun 80-an" [The figure of Sys Ns in the eyes of Harry Tjahjono who knew him since the 80s]. TABLOIDBINTANG.COM (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  • "Sys NS". Encyclopedia of Jakarta (in Indonesian). Jakarta City Government. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • "Sys NS: Opera Kocek Sendiri" [Sys NS: Paying for the Opera Himself]. Tempo. 21 February 2011. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  • "Tiada hari tanpa kuis" [Not a Day Goes By Without a Quiz]. Tempo. 1 December 1990. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.

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