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Dangdut

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Dangdut is a genre of Indonesian popular music which is partly derived from Arab, Indian, and Malay folk music. It developed beginning in the 1970s among working class Muslim youth, but especially since the late 1990s has reached a broader following in Indonesia.

A dangdut band usually consists of a lead singer backed by a band of four to eight musicians. The term has been expanded from the 'desert-like-style' music, to now broadened to embrace other musical styles. Modern dangdut incorporates influences from latin, house, hip hop, R&B, and even classical music.

Most major cities, especially on Java, have one or more venues that have a dangdut show several times per week. The concerts of major dangdut stars are also broadcast on television; in 2003 singer Inul Daratista became the subject of much controversy and criticism from conservatives over her suggestive style of dancing during televised shows.

Some dangdut singers include:

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