Ungu

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Ungu
OriginJakarta, Indonesia
Genres
Years active1996[6]–present
Labels
Websitewww.unguband.com
Members
  • Sigit Purnomo Syamsuddin "Pasha" Said (Lead Vocals)
  • Franco "Enda" Medjaya (Guitar/Vocals)
  • Arlonsy "Onci" Miraldi (Guitar/Vocals)
  • Makki O. Parikesit (Bass)
  • M. Nur "Rowman" Rohman (Drums)
Past members
  • Pasha Akbar Firmansyah (Drums)
  • Ariyo "Riyo" Wahab (Guitar)
  • Michael (Vocals)
  • Gatot "Gatz" (Keyboards)
  • Richard "Icad" Jerome (Drums)
  • Franky "Ekky" Hediakso (Guitar)

Ungu (literally means 'Purple') is an Indonesian rock band formed in Jakarta in 1996 with Makki as the only remaining original member. The group comprises vocalist Pasha, guitarists Enda & Onci, bassist Makki, and drummer Rowman.[1][7]

Ungu are known for their hit singles, such as "Demi Waktu", "Tercipta Untukku", "Andai Ku Tahu" and "Kekasih Gelapku".[1][8]

Ungu gained mainstream popularity in Malaysia around 2006 with the release of their single "Demi Waktu". followed by their third album Melayang (2006).[9][10]

In February 2016, Pasha was elected as Deputy Mayor of Palu, Central Sulawesi. However, Pasha is still a member of the band. The vocalist position will be filled by both Enda and Onci for a while during Pasha served as Deputy Mayor.[11]

History[edit]

Formation and early years (1996–1997)[edit]

The original members of the band are guitarist Ekky, drummer Richard Jerome and vocalist Michael. In 1997, Richard left the band and was replaced by Rowman.

Laguku (2000–2002)[edit]

In 2000, Ungu focused efforts on their debut album. Ungu has also released "Hasrat" and "Bunga" for a compilation album, Klik.

Ungu released their first full-length album, Laguku on July 6, 2002. Their first single "Bayang Semu" was used for a soundtrack in ABG (RCTI). Even though the album was considered success, it reached Platinum Award after two years of its release date.[12]

Tempat Terindah (2002–2005)[edit]

Just before starting the new album, Ekky decided to leave the band in 2003. His position was replaced by Onci who had just left Funky Kopral.

Ungu released its second album Tempat Terindah in December 2003. The album spawned a hit single "Karena Dia Kamu" and "Suara Hati". The album sold 150,000 copies.[12]

Ungu has also collaborated with Chrisye in his 2005 album, Senyawa.

Melayang (2005–2007)[edit]

Ungu successfully recorded new materials for their next album in 2005 and released their next album Melayang in December 2005 in Indonesia alone.

This new album had put Ungu into the spotlight with their hit single "Demi Waktu". The single received massive airplay in both Indonesia and Malaysia which causes 4 record labels in Malaysia to own Ungu's copyright to distribute the album in Malaysia. Malaysian's Suria Records who owns Siti Nurhaliza, won the copyright.[13] The album received good reviews from both Malaysian and Indonesian critics.[14]

Other albums and activity (2005–present)[edit]

Ungu released a mini album, SurgaMu to celebrate Ramadhan in December 2006.[15] 150,000 copies sold in 15 days. The album received an inspiring recognition from Yusuf Kalla but the band didn't receive it as the band's appearance in Presidential Palace, didn't follow the correct procession protocol.

In 2006, Ungu was nominated for Most Favorite Band/Duo in 2006 MTV Indonesia Awards, Best Video Director "Demi Waktu" Abimael Gandy and Video of the Year "Demi Waktu".[16]

In 2012, Ungu released a compilation album, Timeless. The album was only sold at KFC outlets in Indonesia. The album compiled top hit singles and four new songs, "Apa Sih Maumu", "Kau Anggap Apa", "Sayang" and "Puing Kenangan". Ungu also includes musicians who merged their albums sold in KFC stores like Cinta Laura, Indah Dewi Pertiwi, Agnes Monica, SM*SH, T.R.I.A.D, Rossa, Slank, Last Child, Ello, Sammy Simorangkir and Armada.[17][18]

In 2015, main vocalist Pasha announced that he will become a candidate to being a Vice Major of Palu in the 2015 simultaneous regional head election alongside major candidate Hidayat. They currently have the most votes.

Case[edit]

Riots on concerts[edit]

During a concert in Mojokerto, East Java, on March 30, 2006, dozens of female fans fainted. Nine months later, on December 19, 2006, the concert "Popcoholic with Purple" at Widya Mandala Krida Stadium, Kedungwuni, Pekalongan ended in riots that resulted in 10 deaths and six others seriously injured because of being trampled and lack of oxygen when tens of thousands crowded out after watching their concert.[19][20]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Laguku
(My Songs)
Tempat Terindah
(Most Beautiful Place)
  • Released: December 2003
  • Label: Hemaswara / Musica Studios
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
Melayang
(Floating)
Untukmu Selamanya
(Forever For You)
  • Released: June 15, 2007
  • Label: Trinity Optima Production, Suria Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
Penguasa Hati
(Ruler of the Heart)
  • Released: May 1, 2009
  • Label: Trinity Optima Production, Suria Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
1000 Kisah Satu Hati
(1000 Stories One Heart)
  • Released: August 18, 2010
  • Label: Trinity Optima Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Mozaik
(Mosaic)
  • Released: March 18, 2015
  • Label: Trinity Optima Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
SurgaMu
(Your Heaven)
Para Pencari Mu
(Your Seekers)
  • Released: September 15, 2007
  • Label: Trinity Optima Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
Aku dan Tuhanku
(Me and My God)
  • Released: August 14, 2008
  • Label: Trinity Optima Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work/Nominee Result Ref.
2006 MTV Indonesia Awards Most Favorite Group/Band/Duo "Demi Waktu" Nominated [16]
2006 MTV Indonesia Awards Video of the Year "Demi Waktu" Nominated [16]
2007 Music Planet Awards Best Song "Demi Waktu" Nominated [23]
2007 Music Planet Awards Most Popular Song "Demi Waktu" Nominated [23]
2007 Music Planet Awards Best Duo/Group "Melayang" Nominated [23]
2007 Music Planet Awards Most Popular Group Ungu Nominated [23]
2008 Indonesian Music Awards Best Pop Album SurgaMu Won [24]
2008 Indonesian Music Awards Best Pop Duo/Group "Kekasih Gelapku" Won [24]
2009 Indonesian Music Awards RBT Awards "Dengan NafasMu" Won [25]
2009 Music Planet Awards Favourite Indonesian Artist Ungu Nominated [26]
2009 Music Planet Awards Most Popular Regional Artist Ungu Nominated [26]
2010 Indonesian Music Awards Best Soundtrack "Cinta Gila" Won [27]
2010 Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Band Ungu Nominated
2011 Indonesian Music Awards Best Pop Duo/Group "Do'a Untuk Ibu" Nominated
2011 Indonesian Music Awards Best Pop Album 1000 Kisah Satu Hati Nominated
2011 Indonesian Music Awards Best of the Best Album 1000 Kisah Satu Hati Nominated
2012 Music Industry Awards Best Malay Song Performed by a Foreign Artist N/A Nominated [28]
2012 Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Band Ungu Nominated
2013 Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Band Ungu Nominated
2015 Indonesian Music Awards Best Speaking Region Production Work "Baku Jaga" Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Enda and Onci fill Pasha's position as vocalists for a while since he served as Deputy Mayor.[21][22]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Lambert, Molly (July 2, 2013). "Grading the Top 10 Songs in … Indonesia!". Grantland. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Toyat, Jude (September 23, 2015). "Indonesian pop-rock band Ungu launches 12th album". The Borneo Post. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ungu to hold religious concert". The Jakarta Post. July 3, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ramadan Music from Ungu and Opick". Jakarta Globe. September 6, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "About – The Band". Official website (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Mokhtazar, Syahirah (September 8, 2017). "All set for Afgan and Ungu". New Straits Times. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ungu 20th Anniversary Concert Live in Singapore 2017". Esplanade. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Abdullah, Mohammad Arif Nizam (June 20, 2006). "Ungu atasi rekod jualan album di Indonesia" [Ungu to overcome record of album selling in Indonesia]. Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Sasongko, Darmadi (April 5, 2006). "Ungu Gelar Konser di Malaysia" [Ungu held a concert in Malaysia]. KapanLagi.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Yeoh, Angelin (September 7, 2017). "Despite their singer's politics, Indonesian rock band Ungu denies split". Star2.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Sasongko, Darmadi (March 3, 2004). "Ungu Memilih 'Suara Hati' Sebagai Single Kedua" [Ungu chose 'Suara Hati' as the second single]. KapanLagi.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Kurniawan, Moch. Indra (April 13, 2006). "Ungu 'Melayang' ke Negeri Jiran" [Ungu 'Melayang' to Malaysia]. KapanLagi.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Isa, Faten Saphilla Mohamed (January 17, 2014). "Konsert Ungu 28 Februari di Malaysia" [Ungu's concert on February 28 in Malaysia]. Kosmo! (in Malay). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Kurniawan, Moch. Indra (September 28, 2006). "'Surgamu', Mini Album Ungu Sambut Ramadhan" ['Surgamu', Ungu's mini album welcomes Ramadan]. KapanLagi.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "Nominasi Penghargaan MTV Indonesia 2006" [Nominees of the 2006 MTV Indonesia Awards]. Detik.com (in Indonesian). October 9, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ungu Rilis Album "Timeless"" [Ungu released "Timeless" album]. Radar Jakarta (in Indonesian). May 10, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Ungu Jualan Album 'Timeless' di Gerai KFC" [Ungu selling album 'Timeless' at KFC outlets]. Detik.com (in Indonesian). May 9, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  19. ^ Priya (December 20, 2006). "10 Penonton Tewas dalam Konser Musik "Ungu" di Pekalongan" [10 Spectators died at "Ungu" concert in Pekalongan]. Antara News (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
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  21. ^ "Ini Vokalis Baru Ungu Band" [These are Ungu's new vocalists]. Tribun News (in Indonesian). April 5, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  22. ^ Putranama, Dreses (May 1, 2016). "Pasha: Keren, Ungu Punya 3 Vokalis" [Pasha: Cool, Ungu have 3 vocalists]. Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
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  25. ^ "Pemenang AMI Awards 2009" [Winners of the 2009 AMI Awards]. Oktavita.com (in Indonesian). April 25, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
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  27. ^ "Daftar Pemenang AMI Awards 2010" [Winners of the 2010 AMI Awards]. Detik.com (in Indonesian). June 10, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
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