Anggun, Indonesian Diva, Has Serenaded 3 Popes

Anggun, Indonesian Diva, Has Serenaded 3 Popes

 Anggun, world’s best-selling Indonesian diva, has performed several times in the Vatican’s annual “Concerto di Natale,” or Christmas concert—her latest appearance being in 2016.

“I have sung for three different Popes (John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis), so those moments were memorable for me,” the “Snow on the Sahara” singer told the Inquirer in a recent interview during her mall tour to promote her new album, “8.”, the eight album she has released either in English and/or French for the past two decades.

“I was able to shake Pope John Paul II’s hand. I also met Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis, however, I have yet to meet.”

She added, “My father thinks that religion and belief are important. But, you don’t always have to believe in one thing, right? If you want to choose one, good for you; if not, that’s fine, as well. Your belief doesn’t determine whether you’re a good person or not—your behavior does.”

Asia's Got Talent judges Jay Park, Anggun and David Foster. Image: Manila Bulletin Entertainment
Asia's Got Talent judges Jay Park, Anggun and David Foster. Image: Manila Bulletin Entertainment


Anggun currently reprises her role as judges for the second season of "Asia's Got Talent." She was also a judge on "X Factor Indonesia" (2013) and "Indonesia's Got Talent" (2014) TV series. The former made her the highest-paid judge  in Indonesian television history.






Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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