The biggest takeaway from an Afgan performance is that the singer has a larger-than-life presence — a cool, collected, enigmatic figure who shows back love to his adoring fans through the enveloping sensuality of his pop-R&B songs.
So it's all the more humbling to learn that even a man like Afgan has his own hopes, fears and quirky tastes. Fresh off his electrifying performance at Hyperplay, we sat down with our August 2018 Asia Spotlight artist to learn five personal facts about himself. If his lovelorn songs resonate with you, these facts may just draw you even closer to the Indonesian popstar.
1. He only learned how to ride a bike at age 23
As the old saying goes, you only grow old when you stop learning. For Afgan, he finally got on the leather saddle to ride a bike just six years ago. Acquianting himself with bike-riding for a film role, Afgan was able to mark that off a list of firsts — one that still grows to this day.
2. There's only one movie that can make him cry
Afgan may be all about emotions in his craft, but he's admittedly a man who sheds few tears. Except whenever he watches Coco. The Disney film, known for his intense emotional moments, features a pivotal scene that gets to Afgan every time. If you've seen the movie, you would know. Otherwise, if you're curious, google "coco remember me" and prepare the tissues.
3. In the kitchen, his eggs are only cooked scrambled
Attributing it to a lack of experience, rather than picky personal tastes, Afgan tries his hand at an egg dish once in a while — but only scrambled eggs. He'll learn how to cook sunny side up one day, he promises us.
4. His guilty pleasure? The smell of gasoline…
…and he's not alone! He claims his entire family enjoys the smell of gasoline. You do you, Afgan.
5. He's afraid of lion dance performances
Afgan has had his anxieties tied to the bombastic, percussive sounds that come with every lion dance performance. A prevailing tradition in Chinese culture, a lion dance troupe provides the soundtrack to men dancing in a coordinated fashion, draped in a lengthy, colourful lion costume. And all of that scared a very young Afgan.
But, at age 29, he's learning to overcome these fears — his nieces love every lion dance performance they see, so he wants to enjoy it with them with every chance he gets.