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Indonesian president releases new pop album

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has taken a break from battling rampant corruption and mutinous coalition partners to compose another album of romantic pop songs.

world Updated: Jan 25, 2010 12:42 IST

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has taken a break from battling rampant corruption and mutinous coalition partners to compose another album of romantic pop songs.

"Ku Yakin Sampai Di Sana" (I'm Certain I'll Get There) was released on Sunday and features some of Indonesia's best-known singers and musicians.

Like the 60-year-old former general's previous two albums, "Ku Yakin" deals with themes such as love, loyalty and patriotism.

"In my spare time from fulfilling the people's mandate as president, I like to express my feelings in works of art," the president commonly known as SBY writes on the album cover, which features an image of children running with the Indonesian flag.

"The songs were written from the belief that nothing can change the fate of a nation except the people themselves, and the conviction of a noble purpose."

"Indonesian Idol" talent show winners Vidi Adiano, Rio Febrian and Joy Tobing were among the stars who recorded the president's songs and performed at Sunday's launch, which Yudhoyono did not attend.

"The president communicates his feelings through music. In this album, he wants people to have big dreams and work hard towards achieving them," presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told AFP on Monday.