Name: Tony Waluyo Sukmoasih
Nickname: Tony Q
Name musicians: Tony Q Rastafara
Place / Date of Birth: Semarang / 27 April 1961
Men from Semarang, a small town in central Java, Indonesia, born with the name Tony Waluyo Sukmoasih. Born from a modest family, his artistic talent has terihat since childhood, especially in the field of painting and musik.Tony acquainted with the world of music through his friends and much influenced by the type of rock and blues music.
After completing his education at vocational technical schools (STM) Tony decided to start a musical career in the city of Semarang as a street musician since 1980, to make it close to the lives of street musicians Semarang city. In his hometown, Tony had made a compilation album of street children with their peers and have won some street music festival.
Because you want to try new challenges in music so he moved and tried to tempt fate to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Because life is close to the street musicians, Tony went back into the same community in Jakarta. With the help of a friend who first engaged in the world Jakarta street musicians, Tony was encouraged his intention to start a music career in Jakarta as a musician. Entertain and play music from one place to another in around the outskirts of Jakarta street.
In mid-1984, upon the recommendation of a friend, Tony became acquainted with country music and started trying to play the kind of music at the time was not too popular among the people of Indonesia because not many musicians who play the music genre. Existence of country music playing, Tony began to make friends of the expatriate community in Jakarta, one of which is a community of friends of the United States embassy in Jakarta. Several times Tony was invited to perform at events organized by the United States embassy and the help from my friends at the embassy he managed to get an invitation to play in one of the biggest country music festival in America is the Grand Old Opree which took place in Tennessee USA States. However, due to lack of financial support, plans to perform at the festival can not be realized. For a long time country music played Tony began to feel the boredom and feeling that his career in country music did not develop until he decided to quit the band countrynya and began trying to find other types of music are more in line with his soul.
Tony became acquainted with reggae music in early 1989, when he fell in love with the figure of reggae music legend Bob Marley. Not only inspired by the music, the lyrics of Bob Marley songs in any really disturbing musical instincts, until he was sure to choose a career in reggae music and began to try to exist in the music genre. In the same year Tony formed his first reggae band called "Roots Rock Reggae". The first band started started his career with playing in pubs and cafes seputaran Jakarta's playing songs Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and others with Tony as lead vocal and lead guitar. In the way of his reggae music career, Tony had formed other reggae bands, such as "Exodus" and "Rastaman" and in 1994 he formed a band that would later take his name in the reggae music world Indonesia is "Rastafara".
With Rastafara, Tony's music career began to climb, because in those days very rare band musicians who played reggae music genre in jakarta, then Rastafara kalangn quite well known in reggae music lovers. Rastafara at that time regarded as the pioneer of reggae music because Indonesia is the only one who dared to reggae band for a rendition of his own creation and try to escape from the shadow of the style of Jamaica and reggae music almost all the songs created by Tony Rastafara.
In 1995, with the help of a friend, Rastafara managed to get an offer for the record album from Warner Music Indonesia. And finally the debut album titled "Hair Dreadlocks" was released in 1996. The album received very good response, and succeeded in giving a new color in the Indonesian music industry at that time was dominated by the Alternative Rock music. Almost all the songs on the album itself was created by Tony, lyric most talked about social themes, humanity, love and the theme of people's daily lives. The song is quite popular at that time was "Hair Dreadlocks" a term for dreadlock hair style in a foreign language which then indirectly used the term in the Indonesian language and became popular dikarenakannya song.
Rastafara difference at that time with other reggae band is because they managed to enter and combines elements of traditional music with a unique style of Indonesian music into reggae music, forming a la Indonesia that can be detached from the shadow world of reggae music as Bob Marley, UB40 or Jimmy Cliff. The use of traditional musical instruments such as the gamelan Javanese or Sundanese Kendang also add color to the music of Indonesia within Rastafara songs. Music arranger cursory look also mix elements of Malay music.
In 1997, the album contract with music label was not renewed and Rastafara decided to vacuum in music, until Tony decided to form a new band still carries the name Rastafara.
In 1998 formed the Tony Q & New Rastafara, with additional player band format. But then Tony decided to go solo with his band still carries the name of Rastafara Q Tony, who had released the album independently in 2000 the "Peace With Love". On this album to all three is Tony started up the peak of his career in reggae music in Indonesia, because the album is a Professor in the music of America gave it a reference to him to participate in the event the Bob Marley Festival in America. Festival Organizers liked the songs on the album and then invite Tony to appear diacara in 2002, but unfortunately Tony with his entourage did not get permission from the American Embassy visa due to security reasons related to the WTC tragedy of September 11 happened Tony adjacent to the planned departure to America.
In 2003 the fourth album titled "Chronology" in the release, the song on the album is a collection of some songs from previous albums and also some songs that have not been released.
Tony proximity with NGO activists and NGOs like Green Peace, WALHI, and others gave inspiration to create an album that has the vision and the social and humanitarian mission of a more profound and meaningful. Then in 2005 was born the fifth album is titled "Greetings of Peace" with a mission and vision needed to say about peace in this album Tony Q tries to combine elements of reggae music with orchestra music but do not forget to include the traditional elements of the more viscous.
At the end of 2005, again for the help reference from his old friend, Professor of Musicology of the United States, one of the songs from her third album "Peace With Love" is "Pat Gulipat" made it into the world music compilation album Putumayo World Music with the title "Reggae Playground "which was released internationally in February 2006. As the only representative from Asia it is also not just Tony Q mengaharumkan own name but also the name of Indonesia in the eyes of the world and especially the style of Reggae Music Indonesia also be better known internationally.
After so long been in the world of indie label, then Tony was trying to re-release the album on a major label in 2007 with the title "Children's Village". Shades of his sixth album is still trying to incorporate elements of traditional reggae with Indonesia and increasingly dominated by the theme songs of social, making his music was much favored by middle-class people, especially those from outside Jakarta regions.
Growing fan base, Tony begins to try to facilitate the desire of fans to form a fan club that spread almost all over Indonesia to get to neighboring Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. At the beginning of 2009 coincided with the ongoing celebration of democracy in Indonesia, namely the election of President, Tony went back to the seventh album released independently with the title "President" the process of recording this album was completely done in Sydney, Australia. On his latest album is Tony really wanted to give the feel and theme of politics that is quite thick in order to welcome and respond to the election of President Indonesia.Aransemen his music became more varied, Tony returned to reminisce with country music, where he tried to incorporate elements of the typical country music banjo guitar on the album.
In mid 2009, after going through a long process the demo songs ever try to offer on a label world music named Cumbancha of the United States belong to the former A & R of the label world music Putumayo, Jacob Edgar, of the United States in 2008, was finally successful reach an agreement. Cumbancha provide opportunities and offer to release the songs Tony internationally. The album itself is planned to be released in early 2010 which will also be international in circulate in Indonesia.