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Open Access 14. Kollektief Muziek Theater’s Repositioning of Moluccan Issues

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14. Kollektief Muziek Theater’s Repositioning of Moluccan Issues

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This chapter focuses on the Kollektief Muziek Theater (KMT), a Moluccan collective that emerged at the beginning of the 1980s. The repertoire of KMT reflects both the fundamental political changes taking place among Moluccans in the Netherlands and the turbulent 1980s in which many social movements manifested in the Netherlands. In more than one respect the repertoire of KMT can be seen as an encounter between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Such an encounter is reflected in the use of language, but it can also be recognized in the themes taken up in the songs and the critical stance towards both Indonesian and Dutch society. The core of people who had started questioning the Republik Maluku Selatan (RMS) ideals was organized around two left-wing Moluccan youth organizations: Gerakan Pattimura and Pemuda 20 Mai. H-Gang's first song reflected on serious social problems within the Moluccan community of that time.

Keywords: H-Gang; Kollektief Muziek Theater (KMT); Moluccan community; Pemuda 20 Mai



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