The local Indonesian band Seventeen band held a concert on a beach on west coast of Java island, then came the deadly tsunami. Two of the band’s members died, and two are still missing.
A dramatic video circulating online shows the band members performing on stage in front of a seated audience at Tanjung Lesong resort, at the tip of western Java. Seconds into the video, the stage appears to be brought down by the wave, with screams heard from the crowd as they attempt to flee.
In a press release on Sunday morning, Seventeen writes that bassist M. Awal Bani Purbani and manager Oki Wijaya have died as a result of the natural disaster, The Jakarta Post reports. Two of the band members, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and drummer Windu Andi Darmawan are still missing.
Seventeen, an Indonesian poprock band, held a concert organized by the state-owned electric company PLN when the deadly wave hit the stage band members stood on. The scene was on the beach of Tanjung Lesung Beach, located on the west coast of Java Island.
On the band’s Instagram page, singer Riefian Fajarsyah released a post on Sunday morning.
For the time being, it is only him and the band’s other guitarist, Yohan “Doni” Saputro, who with certainty came from the natural disaster with life intact. The vocalist continues to say that two remaining band members and his own wife are still missing.
So far, at least 222 people have been confirmed dead after the tsunami hit the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra at 21.30 local time Saturday night. It is reported that 843 is damaged, while 30 people are missing, writes DPA.