New Song Out This Thursday

I’ve been working on a bunch of new music this year with the help of Michael Marmion at Zun Studios, who very generously sponsored this record.

Not My Job To Make You Happy features Melbourne’s finest soul singer, Candice Monique. It’s a jazzy, soul record about how I moved on from the unhealthy need to try and please everyone by just swaying to other people’s needs. Which is kind of tiring =. As Finch explains:

“We all curate our lives to some extent. And for people-pleasers, the ways in which we do that “curating” piece often stems from a place of fear … To avoid conflict, negative emotions, … will go out of their way to mirror someone’s opinions and appease them in order to deescalate situations or potential issues.”


Not My Job To Make You Happy is out on all streaming platforms this Thursday. You can save the pre-release here if you’d like to be notified of the exact release. Otherwise you can follow me on Spotify, Apple and all the other platforms.

PS. Saving the pre-release is very helpful for me as it makes Spotify’s and Apple’s algorithms more favorable to the release 🙂


UNICEF-supported Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP)

Education for Refugees

DEWA-UNICEF Accelerated Learning Programme 

UNICEF supported us through the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) to provide further eduction for our students. Through this programme, which is being funded by the Government of the Netherlands, nearly 11,000 children between the ages of 9 to 13 years have been enrolled in schools. These are children who had either dropped out or were never enrolled in a school ever before.

“Mathematics is my favourite subject,” says Amanullah (10), a student at one of the UNICEF-supported ALP centres in village Killi Nasirabad. “When the teacher comes to our classroom, we say Good Morning Teacher; and when we need to drink water, we ask for it in English. This is what I like the most as very few people in our community can speak English. I can!”

© UNICEF/Pakistan/2015/Asad Zaidi
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Karin Hulshof observes children learning in a classroom at one of…

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Episode 4: refugee rights protection in the Asia-Pacific, with Trish Cameron

In this episode Kate interviewed Trish Cameron, Legal Aid Coordinator at Suaka, an Indonesia-based network that works for refugee rights protection in the country. While global focus has been on th…

Source: Episode 4: refugee rights protection in the Asia-Pacific, with Trish Cameron

Episode 3 of the Sub Rpsa Podcast: understanding terrorism in Indonesia, with Noor Huda Ismail

For this episode, Andrew spoke to Noor Huda Ismail, an Indonesian author, film-maker, activist, and PhD candidate. Huda set up several non-government rehabilitation programs for terrorists released…

Source: Episode 3: understanding terrorism in Indonesia, with Noor Huda Ismail

Back in the studio

Back in the studio this morning putting the final touches on my first single due for release in November. Got a pretty folky vibe, and was inspired by the character from one of my favourite books, Darkness at Noon.

The single will be released in Indonesia and then in Australia once I return later this year.

Send me an email if you’d like to keep up to date with release info kategrealy99 [at]

Have a great weekend 🙂

Drug offenses expose Indonesia’s problems

Drug use in Indonesia: a cultural-political perspective

Laine Berman

Drug offenses expose Indonesia’s problems

(printed in Inside Indonesia but I don’t know when….. google gagal!)
by Laine Berman
For the past few years a great many articles have appeared on Indonesia’s drug ‘culture’ and the disastrous impact it has on youth. Blame is thrown about at all sides but little has yet appeared to link drug use among teens to the police, the court system, and families themselves. Youths caught in this system of denial, corruption and abuse are more likely than not to return to drugs and crime because it provides no ‘healing’ – only abuse, resentment, and intense hatred toward that system. I argue that families of drug users themselves have a major responsibility in perpetuating this cycle of drug abuse.
On an afternoon in June 2005 in Yogyakarta, four young men that I knew well were arrested for drug offenses. One was a small time dealer…

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The Rise of ‘Mama’

“Like most cultural shifts in language, the rise of white, upper-middle class women who call themselves ‘mama’ seemed to happen slowly, and then all at once.”


Elissa Strauss | Longreads | May 2015 | 15 minutes (4,006 words)

I first noticed “mama” while pregnant with my son in 2012. I was browsing on the internet—familiarizing myself the different types of mothers out there, trying to figure out what kind of mother I might become—when I noticed a number of alternative moms who referred to themselves as “mama.” This was the radical homemaking, attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding bunch, and “mama” was right at home with their folksy, back-to-the-earth approach to motherhood.

This use of mama can be traced back to women like Ariel Gore, who began publishing her alternative parenting magazine “Hip Mama” in 1993. Inspired by her experience as an urban single mom, the magazine became the source of parenting advice for riot grrrl types, tattooed and pierced women who wanted to find a way to embrace parenthood while simultaneously rejecting much of the bourgeois accouterment…

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Gegeran Istimewa

Tulisan yang menarik .. “Mengambil pelajaran dari kisah pewayangan “Petruk Dadi Ratu”, dijelaskan bahwa siapapun yang berkuasa tidak akan bisa hidup dan menghidupi kekuasaan itu tanpa dipangku dan diemong oleh rakyatnya. Jaman selalu berubah, penguasa selalu berganti, kekuasaan tidak langgeng, yang selalu abadi adalah rakyat lengkap dengan segala daya kehidupannya. Kraton, negara, kekuasaan, tidak akan berarti tanpa rakyat yang bekerja untuk menjaga eksistensinya.

Pertanyaannya sekarang, apakah saat ini Keraton Yogyakarta masih masih dibutuhkan dalam kehidupan riil rakyat Yogyakarta? Apakah masih layak disebut sebagai “keraton rakyat” yang selalu mengayomi? Atau hanya sekedar simbol istana tempat tinggal keluarga darah biru tanpa ada peran berarti lagi bagi kehidupan rakyatnya”?

Kill the Blog

Drama suksesi Keraton Ngayogyokarto Hadiningrat akhir-akhir ini, meskipun jauh-jauh hari sudah terprediksi, tetap saja sangat memprihatinkan. Sebagai penulis anthem Jogja Istimewa –yang sesungguhnya tidak ada kaitannya dengan status keistimewaan, wajar jika kemudian banyak pihak yang meminta pendapat saya, namun saya menolak untuk berkomentar karena tidak tertarik untuk ikut campur.

Bersama teman-teman Jogja Hip Hop Foundation (JHF), sesungguhnya kami sedang menjalani laku tapa bisu (berdiam diri) dengan tidak menyanyikan lagu Jogja Istimewa, hingga batas waktu yang tidak ditentukan, sebagai wujud keprihatinan atas berbagai hal buruk yang terjadi di Yogyakarta. Bukan karena gegeran suksesi keraton, melainkan lebih kepada bentuk keprihatinan atas berbagai arah pembangunan di Yogyakarta yang tidak lagi memanusiakan manusianya dan menghormati sedulur sikep (alam raya adalah saudara manusia). Kami membutuhkan waktu lama untuk memutuskan dan harus berdebat sebagai resiko kolektif, karena bagaimanapun lagu tersebut yang membesarkan kami, juga banyak job manggung datang hanya untuk kami membawakan lagu itu.

Bagi saya…

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