Then, in 1976, while studying Biology at the university, Riwin joined one of Indonesia's most famous groups at that time, the Bandung-based Pahama. He never finished the biology studies, instead, from the late 1970s on, Riwin played guitar - performing a diverse range of musical styles, including Jazz and Blue Grass with national and international musicians at one of Bal's early live music venues, Kayu Api. He formed Tropical Transit on August 5, 1990, and named the group for its tropical environs and the transitory people who made up its audience. Today, when he is not creating music with the band, Riwin mixes electronic music at his home studio. He is also a spiritual healer and for the past two years with Tropical Transit, he presides as a "Pemangku" ("priest") for the "Tirta" ("Holy Water") sprinkling ceremony which is part of "Kidung Wirama Totaka". Riwin is a truly enigmatic character - on one hand, he provides spiritual support to the group members and on the other, he can bewitch his audience.... especially women.
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