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Apps-Google-Music-Metro-iconSong: It’s Over Now by Mocca from the album Friends (2004). Visitors can listen to the Featured Song by clicking the play button above.

Mocca is an Indonesian four-member band formed in 1997 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The band’s musical style is inspired by the retro sounds of the 70s, with influences of swing, bossa nova, Swedish pop, and jazz. The core of the band is Arina Ephipania Simangunsong, Riko Prayitno, Achmad (“Toma”) Pratama, and Indra Massad. When playing live, MOCCA is supported by six additional players on keyboards, guitar, percussion, trumpet, trombone, and sax.

While in college, Arina and Riko decided to get together and form a band. For a year, they struggled with performing other people’s music, finding themselves bored with the lack of innovation, at which point they decided to write their own songs. In 1997, they composed four songs that unfortunately were not well received by the rest of the band. After much squabbling and conflict the band split up, leaving only Arina and Riko with their songs.

In late 1999, they asked Indra and Toma to join and Mocca was born. They now had a group with the same vision and awareness of music.

Having signed a contract with FFWD Records, helped Mocca a lot to go international. FFWD is previously a distributor for international indie-pop labels from Japan and Singapore to Sweden. All Mocca’s album are distributed by FFWD’s partner labels : Fruit Records in Singapore, Small Room in Thailand, Apple Crumble in Japan, Beatball from Korea, and My Honey from Italy

Their debut album My Diary contains 13 songs written from a girl’s point of view and her diary entries. The lyrics are in English, and the music mixes waltz, bossa nova, 70s disco, and rock.[citation needed] Rolling Stone Indonesia magazine placed My Diary on their “150 Greatest Indonesian Albums of All Time” list at number 59.[1] The magazine also ranked Mocca’s song, “Me and My Boyfriend” at #150 on “150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time” list.[2]

With simple and beautiful songs, all in English, the band gained popularity in neighbors countries especially in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Mocca has performed plenty of times in these countries. In 2006 Mocca collaborated with Swedish singer Karolina Komstedt, lead singer of the Swedish pop group Club 8. In 2007 Mocca performed in Japan as one of the headliners, long before that in 2004 they have performed in Okinawa as well. In 2008 they held in Malaysia and several gigs in Singapore too. Mocca’s latest international show was a solo concert held at Seoul, South Korea on May 2009.

In 2010, their songs were used for several movie soundtracks in Korea, including Bandhobi, Personal Taste, and Flower Boy Ramen Shop.

They have decided to take some vacuum time since 15 July 2011. Their last show titled “Annabelle and the Music Box” held at Hall A Basket Senayan, Jakarta. –

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