Burn, Baby, Burn

Adnyani Dewi

Indonesia's hottest diva Tika and her band

Participants at U.S. labor rallies tend not to draw inspiration from Indonesian divas — but Kartika Jahja was asked if her jazzy scorcher of a protest song, Mayday (sung in English), could be used by a coalition of writers and journalists at a protest in Detroit. "And we are the ones who work their fields/ And we are the ones who fight their wars," the track goes. "And we are the ones to cut this crap." The passionate defiance is signature Tika (as she's more commonly known), and something that sets the 28-year-old singer-songwriter apart from Indonesia's hyper-conservative entertainment...

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