Indonesian pop star wows fans at New Taipei cultural festival

Taipei, Indonesian pop star Siti Badriah's trademark dancing and singing mesmerized her countrymen at the New Taipei City Plaza in Banciao Sunday as thousands of Indonesians in Taiwan swarmed into the plaza to see the show.

Heating up the plaza with her dangdut music, a genre of Indonesian folk and pop derived in part from Hindustani, Malay and Arabic music, Siti's hour-long show was part of New Taipei's annual Indonesian cultural festival. During a post-show interview, Siti noted that Taiwan was the destination for her first overseas performance in 2012.

Sunday's show marked her third visit to Taiwan and she said she was amazed that her fans were as enthusiastic as her last visit in 2016.

"I was surprised to find that all the Indonesian friends still remember me and my songs, even the newly released songs from my latest album," she said.

The 26-year-old singer also took the opportunity to thank the Taiwan government for its offer of post-disaster assistance to her country following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit Indonesia's Sulawesi Island Friday, leaving hundreds of people dead.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel