|UMM Rector Dr. Fauzan, M.Pd. (right) invited to sing along by Tantri the vocalist of Kotak Band. (Photo: Rino/PR UMM)|
There is a new tradition at each closing of the New Student Introduction of Studies (Pesmaba) of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). At least for the past three years. After the closing of Pesmaba in 2019, UMM gave a spectacular surprise by presenting two bands, Kotak and HIVI !.
The closing of Pesmaba 2017, for example. Fathin Sidqia Lubis the first season of X Factor Indonesia talent show was presented in that event.She was at UMM Hall Dome entertaining 7000 new students. The entire UMM Hall Dome sang along when Fathin covers the “Grenade” song of Bruno Mars.
No less surprising, in Pesmaba 2018, the dangdut singers who were on the rise at the time, Via Vallen, succeeded in "rocking" the UMM Helipad field with songs that of course the audience memorized. Not to forget, Meraih Bintang, the title of the final song which is the official theme song of the Asian Games was also performed.
|HIVI! the opening act of Hello Maba 2019. (Photo: Rino/PR UMM)|
This year, outside the UMM Pesmaba series, new students (freshmen) and UMM academic community were also spoiled through a special event Hello Maba 2019. Special to entertain UMM freshmen and academic community, Kotak and HIVI! can be presented in a complete formation to bring up their main songs.
The Kotak band personnel were Chua (bass), Cella (guitar), and Tantri (vocal). Meanwhile, HIVI!, consists of Neida Aleida (vocals), Ilham Aditama (vocals), Febrian Nindyo (vocals/guitar) and Ezra Mandira (vocals/guitar). That different genre (pop and rock) band were performed their best.
In that joyous moment, the band's personnel received an honorary degree by inaugurated as the members of the White Campus UMM honorary family. It was marked by the pinning of the pride of UMM maroon alma materto all members of the Kotak and HIVI! band.
When met before going onthe stage, Chua Kotak said that she has special memories with Muhammadiyah. The presence of Swasti Sabdastantri, Chua's full name, in UMM reminded her about the memories and how Muhammadiyah educates their students with the spirit of educating the children of the nation.
She was studied at Muhammadiyah Senior High School in Surabaya. "Even though it's only been a year and a half, but the teachings at the school were open-minded, the technology is good, and we are also required to have an international mind. So, everything we learn can be used in the future,” she said. (joh)