Pop band Seventeen pay tribute to members killed in tsunami

The tsunami that struck Indonesia smashed into an open-air concert, hurling members of a pop band from the stage and slamming into the audience. Riefian Fajarsyah, the lead vocalist of the band Seventeen,  said the group’s bassist and road manager were killed. The band was playing on Saturday night to a large crowd in a marquee at the Tanjung Lesung beach resort on the western tip of Java when the wall of water hit. On the video, fans can be seen clapping and cheering before the wave smashes through the backdrop to the stage, sending the band members and their equipment crashing into the men and women dancing at the front.
Fighting back tears and wiping his eyes, Fajarsyah said two more band members, a crew member and his wife were still missing.
“We lost our bassist Bani and our road manager Oki,” he said in the video, in which he is wearing a green shirt with the band’s Seventeen logo stitched into the chest.“Andi [drummer] and Herman [guitar] and Ujang [crew] have not been found. Please pray so that my wife Dylan [Dylan Sahara] will be found soon. “The rest are thankfully safe although suffering from injuries and broken bones. Please pray so my wife Dylan, Andi and Herman and Ujang can be found soon.”
Seventeen posted earlier this week on their Instagram page that they would be playing at the Tanjung Lesung beach resort from 21-23 December. Seventeen, which is based in Jakarta, has been together since 1999 and has released six albums.
The tsunami struck the coastline of west Java and Sumatra at 9:27 p.m. on Saturday, killing at least 200 people. More than 800 were injured and dozens more are missing, Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency said. The tsunami is believed to have been triggered by an eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra. Indonesian officials said the tsunami may have been caused by underwater landslides from a volcanic island that were detected shortly before the tidal wave hit. Indonesia has been pummeled by several natural disasters over the past year, including an earthquake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi and killed more than 2,500 people.

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