Indonesian band, DEWA or also known as DEWA 19 is originating from Surabaya. Since the band's formation in 1986 there have been a number of changes to the lineup. Dewa was first formed in 1986 by four students from a junior high school SMPN 6 in Surabaya. The name Dewa originated as an acronym of the founding members' names: D from Dhani (keyboard, vocals), E from Erwin Prasetya (bass guitar), W from Wawan Juniarso (drums) and A from Andra (guitar). The first album Dewa 19 was released in 1992.
There are so many controversial about this band, the band itself and same goes to individual in this band. But, the music they perform, elaborate is such a beautiful arts. Just like a true musician. That's why they born as a rock star.. hehehe....
Besides that, Dewa members have their own side project. Dhani now also playing for "The Rock", Andra playing guitar for his own "Andra and The Backbone", and also Once develops his career as a solo singer.
For your info, Ahmad Dhani announced Elfonda 'Once' Mekel has resigned on January 19, 2011. The strong candidates for the next vocalist is Zian, Zigas' vocalist or Judika, the winner of 2005 Indonesian singing contest.