Ex-Dewa 19 frontman Ari Lasso releases new single, ‘Malaikat itu Nyata’

A music video accompanies Lasso’s first solo single since 2019

Indonesian singer-songwriter Ari Lasso, the former frontman of rock band Dewa 19, has released a new single ‘Malaikat itu Nyata’ via MyMusic Records.

The single – translated as ‘Angels Are Real’ – is his first solo release since the 2019 single, ‘Terlalu Berarti’. The heartfelt rock track is an old-school anthem of devotion.

Ternyata malaikat itu nyata / Buktinya ada di depan mata / Tak peduli apapun kata mereka / Engkaulah malaikat di hidupku” he sings in its explosive chorus, translated as “Turns out angels are real / The proof is right in front of your eyes / No matter what they say / You are the angel in my life.”

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‘Malaikat itu Nyata’ arrived with an equally dramatic music video that opens on a couple arguing. But later on, they reunite to make up after recalling their happier moments together.

Watch it below.

The single marks a brief period of inactivity for Lasso, who recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour.

New Straits Times reported last month that the musician – diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma cancer – has been going for chemotherapy treatment in Singapore. In the meantime, Lasso has also been kept busy by posting periodic vlogs on his YouTube page.

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Lasso previously served as frontman in Dewa 19 from 1991 to 1999, performing on their first four albums: 1992’s self-titled debut, 1994’s ‘Format Masa Depan’, 1995’s ‘Terbaik-Terbaik’, and 1997’s ‘Pandawa Lima’.

Since then, he has released four solo albums, the last being 2006’s ‘Selalu Ada’.

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