Following on his huge Southeast Asian success with “Denpasar Moon,” Sabah Habas Mustapha — still the younger brother of the apparently legendary 3 Mustaphas 3 — returns to Indonesia clutching a handful of songs, a pocketful of dreams, a fistful of dollars and a bottleful of mosquito repellant.
On Jalan Kopo, his new album / mess / masterpiece / thing (you choose) Sabah Habas Mustapha has teamed up with some of the best young musicians in Bandung, the capital city of the West Javanese province of Sunda. Rippling kecapis, sinuous bamboo flutes and slippery violins add their voices to the eclectic mix of musical influences bubbling out of Sabah Habas Mustapha’s unusual brain.
Jalan Kopo spent three months in the Euro World Music charts. Waduh! You may ask yourself, “What is a Jalan Kopo?” It is the name of the street where the recording studio lives. So, it’s like your Beatles Abbey Road, only very different.