Hindia has collaborated with DJ Dipha Barus on the new song ‘Tidak Ada Salju di Sini, Pt. 7’ (‘No Snow Here, Pt. 7’), out today.
The track is part of a song series started in 2018 that depict the experience of Christmas as a Christian in Indonesia. Artists who have contributed to the series include Enrico Octaviano, Petra Sihombing and Herald “Krautmilk” Reynaldo.
Hindia – aka Indonesian musician Baskara Putra, also frontman of the band .Feast – previously collaborated on ‘Tidak Ada Salju di Sini, Pt. 4’ with Petra Sihombing and Rubina in 2018. ‘Pt. 7’ was produced by Bali-based DJ and musician Dipha Barus, who released a remix of Hindia’s song, ‘Secukupnya’, in March 2020.
Stream the new song, which also features the vocals of Mohammed Kamga, below:
“Baskara invited me to write a gospel song,” said Dipha Barus, who noted The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Avalanches and Massive Attack as references.
‘Tidak Ada Salju di Sini, Pt. 7’ became very personal for the DJ, who contracted the coronavirus when he was working on the song. It opens with the sound of the heartbeat of a COVID-19 patient combined with a child saying the prayer ‘Our Father’.
The song features the voice of Mohammed Kamga, who also wrote the melody. “In my head, I pictured Kanye West singing the song with a slight touch of rock,” he said.
Kamga, member of groups Dekat and Hondo, was also asked to bring a choir into the picture. He wrote the choral part and sang along with Kristian Wirjadi, Michael Sean Fathony and Christa Parengkuan of Kancatala Ensemble.
According to Hindia, the song lyrics are about the restlessness felt by Christians in Indonesia. He cited the terrorist act in Sigi, Central Sulawesi in November 2020 which claimed the lives of four Christians, serving as a reminder that tolerance was still far from reach. “The only thing I could do was sing,” he said. “It feels like a collective experience for Indonesian Christians.”
“My eyes got teary when I first heard Baskara’s lyrics,” said Kamga. “I felt the sorrow, I felt the pain of being a minority.”
Hindia expressed hope that the project will continue in the future. “It’s highly personal for me and everyone who’s involved are committed to work on this with all our hearts,” he said.