Indonesian three-piece Ali (John Paul Patton, Arswandaru Cahyo, and Absar Lebeh) incorporate Middle Eastern musical culture with elements of 1970s Indonesian rock, cinematic soul, funk, disco, and afrobeat, to create a new groove and sound straight from the contemporary and vibrant Indonesian music scene.  

With all lyrics written in Arabic, Ali builds on the influence of Middle Eastern art and music, which over centuries has assimilated itself deep into Indonesian culture and way of life. 

Listen back to Mystic Brew to hear Ali takeover for a special Studio 5 Live. 

Check out a clip to 'Downtown Strut' by Ali live in Studio 5 on Mystic Brew below.

Ali - 'Downtown Strut' - in PBS Studio 5 Live December 5, 2023


Studio 5 Live is proudly brought to you by our mates at Mountain Goat. PBS thanks the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust for funding assistance to build and fit out Studio 5.