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02 January 2010

Dorce Gamalama (1963 - ) performer.

Dedi Yuliardi Ashadi was born in Solok, West Sumatra, of Minangkabau descent. Both his parents died when he was one year old, and he was raised in Jakarta by his grandparents.

He started singing in elementary school, and started performing in female clothing as a teenager, at first using the name Dorce Ashadi.

As Dorce Gamalama she completed transition in 1984 with surgery in Surabaya.

She has since adopted three children, and owns several orphanages caring for thousands of children. She has her own morning television show and has written her autobiography. She has recorded many albums in both Indonesian and western styles.

In 2008 she attended the funeral of Imam Samudra, one of the men executed for the 2002 Bali bombings.

Her show was cancelled in 2009.

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