Speech of some public figures are usually recorded. In Indonesian market, we can buy cassete or cd album which present Soekarno’s speech, or Hamka speech. Thank God that the speech of Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), Islamic cleric who became the Fourth Indonesia President, was recorded in cassete. We have an album entitled “Gus Dur & Sanggar Ki Ageng Ganjur: Tadarus Budaya” which produced by Yulisari Sutowijoyo. It is supposed to be recorden in 1990-ies.
Gus Dur who passed away on 30 December 2009 in this album talked about Islam and Humanity. His speech was truly fluent, clear and academic. Although this album try to present music — a blended gamelan and western instrument to interpret qasidah music by Ki Ageng Ganjur — as a gimmick, but the star was and is still Gus Dur. *