MichaelJ in Oz Tour 2017

MichaelJ in Oz Acclaimed a Hit Across the Country

The singing, dancing and wild applause may have finished but the concert memories are still warm and exciting. Watch and listen on BBIP's new You Tube channel.  Hear Michael, Toni and Deon in concert and interacting with students. See the joy on students' faces as they join in singing the songs they have been studying. 

Download the concert tour report in
Read the Survey Results with Teacher Comments about the Concerts

Perth gallery

MuManager Ibu Karen with Michael, Toni and Deon at Perth Airport. Off to a lively start for a full house and The Lakes Theatre, Mandurah Baptist College. Margaret River PS supplied the backing singers for Raya Indonesia.
Helena College's rock hero Calvin joined in the encore. Ibu Karen, the tour has started. Alangkah senangnya! Consul-General Pak Ade with special guests and supporters. Ibu Laura showed off the new languages centre at Wesley College.

Melbourne 24-Aug-2017   Indo-Oz RockMichael Jakarimilena's tour with Toni Brillianto and Deon is continues to wow students and teachers and garner kudos for the performers and for  Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth. 

As organisers of the tour, BBIP has promoted the learning of the language through the study of modern Indonesian songs. This article from the ABC's Australia Plus is typical of praise for this approach to learning, especially when it is supported by such dynamic and popular performers, above at the Melbourne schools' concert. 

PERTH, Tuesday 7 August   Warmed up and raring to go!

Ready for the first of two WA concerts, Mikki J, Deon, and Toni are joined by special guest Calvin from Helena College to entertain over 1200 students at The Lakes Theatre, Mandurah Baptist College. Right from the first song, Indonesia WOW!, the roof was almost lifted off as the capacity crowd clapped, whistled and sang along to songs learned and practised in class. Students from Margaret River Primary School formed a chorus of back-up singers forRaya Indonesia and for Sejojo and Poco Poco the dancers came from many of the 16 schools attending. 

The second, northern suburbs concert will be held at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School in Mindarie on Thursday 10 August. If you hear a roar, it may not be thunder after all, just cheering students honouring Mikki, Toni and Deon.

PERTH, Sunday 6 August  Look who's here!

Ibu Karen welcomed Deon, Toni and Michael to Perth at the start of their 2017 Australian Tour

Watch Shafira's Um's 2016 report on Michael's visit and concerts for Indonesia TV.

If you missed the concerts last year (and all the great learning activities around them) here's what you need to know about Michael Jakarimilena :

Also known in Indonesia as Michael Idol and sometimes as Miki J, Michael gained public attention in Indonesian as a finalist on a season of Indonesian Idol. Born in Papua, Michael’s voice very much reflects the vocal talents of this largest and easternmost province of Indonesia. He has a voice that is distinct, with a rich and melodious tone, and the talent to sing a range of musical genre. 

Michael has appeared in three films since 2006 and is regularly seen on television and in concerts around Indonesia. 

In what was an Australian first, Michael J performed a schools-only concerts in Western Australia, in which schools with Indonesian language programs were invited to bring their students along to hear and join in with a range of songs performed on stage by Michael. The experience was a labguage immersion for the students, with the majority of songs, including pop, rock, dangdut, reggae and hip-hop styles, sung by Michael in soulful Indonesian. 

Students eagerly joined in during the concert , singing along with the lyrics projected the big screen with images that reinforced the meaning of the language in the songs.

Michael J is returning to Negeri Kanguru to present a series of concerts to students of bahasa Indonesia across Australia. The concerts will begin in Perth in early August and extend across the country until early September.

About the Project

This project will develop a greater motivation and enthusiasm of our young generation, in learning bahasa Indonesia through immersion in contemporary 'pop culture' of Indonesia. Michael Jakarimilena (Michael J or Michael Idol as he is also known) is a humble performer with a strong sense of national identity with Indonesia and is a positive mentor for the younger generation in both Indonesia and Australia.

Michael J interviewed for NET TV Indonesia after one his Australian school concerts in 2016

See video clips from Michael J's 2016 School Concerts in Australia on the BBIP Facebook page 

Project objectives

  • Michael J will perform concerts in Indonesian to thousands of students studying Indonesian language (Yrs 6-12) in States across Australia during August and September 2017 
  • The songlist for the 2017 concerts is compiled with input from teachers of Indonesian  and the songs have a direct connection with the Australian Curriculum: Languages (Indonesian) and are appropriate texts for learning Indonesian 
  • There will be a big screen at each concert with the lyrics of the Indonesian songs displayed as they are performed, along with images from across the Indonesian archipelago
  • The concert will be an interactive and participative immersion concert experience for the students - a supportive environment where students are encouraged to use Indonesian language and actively engage in the concert.
  • Some concerts, may be simulcast with partner schools in Indonesia


The songlist for the 2017 concerts connects with many elements of the Australian Curriculum:Languages (Indonesian). Some of the themes to be included are;
  • identitas (identity)
  • nationalisme (nationalism)
  • keberagaman Indonesia (Indonesian diversity)
  • persatuan dan kesatuan (unity)
  • percaya diri (self worth)
  • kelestarian lingkungan (environmental sustainability)
  • perdamaian dan kedamaian (peace) and
  • cinta/sayang (love)

A resource package of work is available for teachers to use in their classrooms in the weeks leading up to and after the concert. Teacher can access these resources after registering for a concert by clicking here and using the code provided at time of registration.

Some students with their teacher join Michael j onstage for the Sajojo dance (2016)

Contact michaelidol@balaibahasaperth.org for information

The Michael J School Concerts in Oz are presented by Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (BBIP) and generously supported by the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia Canberra, and Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.