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SEPTEMBER 1 , 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 34 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK


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Anggun's Driving Ambition

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One thing that Anggun Cipta Sasmi regrets since moving to Paris five years ago is that she never got a driver's license before leaving Jakarta. The 26-year-old Indonesian singer, better known as just Anggun, has no time to study for the French driver's test. She's busier than ever after Snow On The Sahara, her 1998 debut English album, went triple platinum in Indonesia, double platinum in Italy and gold in France and Malaysia. Unlike Jakarta, where getting a license is a snap, Paris is a lot tougher on prospective roadsters. "It's strict, the test and so on. The strange traffic signs are difficult to memorize. I'd rather get an instant one, like in Jakarta," she says. France is too far away to allow frequent visits to her birth city. "But when the promotional tour happens, and Indonesia is on the schedule, that is my chance to visit Jakarta," she adds. She should start packing soon. Her second international album, Chrysalis, is to be released in Asia this month. Between appearances back home, she might just get her driving papers processed.

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