1948 – 2013
Who was A. Rafiq?
A. Rafiq was a prominent Jakarta-based dangdut artist. He was active in the Indonesian music industry from the 1970s onwards. He launched his first single, "Pandangan Pertama" in 1978. The single was a huge hit and propelled his career in the Indonesian 70's dangdut scene. Rafiq, along with Rhoma Irama and Elvy Sukaesih were the three most popular dangdut singer in the 70's. Rafiq is well known for his Elvis-inspired stage costume and hip-gyrating movements.
The hit "Pengalaman Pertama" enjoyed a second popularity in 2002, when it was remade by one of the most popular Indonesian singers Chrisye in his album Dekade. In 2007, Pengalaman Pertama was again remade by popular Indonesian rock band Slank in the original motion picture soundtrack of Indonesian movie "Get Married".