Indonesian Singer Performing With King Cobra Dies After Being Bitten Onstage

Indonesian Singer Performing With King Cobra Dies After Being Bitten Onstage
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An Indonesian singer known for performing with live snakes has died after being bitten by a king cobra onstage. Irma Bule, 29, is not a household name in the English-speaking world. But in Indonesia, she is known as a singer of dangdut, a pop fusion of folk, South Asian film music, and rock and roll that rose to prominence in the 1980s. “With its nasal, melismatic vocal style and propulsive hand drum rhythms, dangdut is in many ways a music of the Islamic word,” Jeremy Wallach wrote in “Sonic Modernities in the Malay World,” though “most dangdut songs deal with non-religious, sentimental themes, and the genre is frequently denounced as sinful and morally corrupting by strict Muslims in Indonesia.” …

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