This video shows an Indonesian song being performed during a festival in China in 2019
A video has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube alongside a claim that it shows famous Indonesian song "Bengawan Solo" being sung during the closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The claim is false: this video actually shows the song being performed at a festival in China's Nanning city in 2019.
The four-minute, 18-second clip was posted on August 10, 2021, here on Facebook, where it has been shared more than 170 times.
Translated from Indonesian to English, the caption reads: “The song of Bengawan solo... not only known in some countries but now really all over the world... #MH 70,80,90 s,..Bengawan Solo .. at the closing of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
"Bengawan Solo" is a popular Indonesian folk song composed in 1940.
The claim, however, is false.
A reverse image search on Yandex followed by keyword searches found the original video posted here by an official channel run by Guangxi TV on Chinese video-sharing platform Xigua Video on September 27, 2019.
The Chinese-language title translates to English as: "2019 Dadi Feige Indonesian singer Zeng Huilan sings 'Bengawan Solo'."
Zeng Huilan is the Chinese name of Indonesian singer Esther Helen.
Below are screenshot comparisons between the clip in the misleading post (L) and the original video (R):
Translated to English, the caption reads in part: “The song Bengawan Solo was sung live on GUANGXI Satellite TV at 'The 21st Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival "Flying on the Earth•2019"' ... which was held on 20 09 2019.
"The singer is called Esther Helen (Zeng Huilan 曾慧兰), @estherhelen13 from Indonesia. Esther was the third winner in China Got Talent 2019."
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