Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zaleha Hamid - Queen of Dangdut

I've always really liked Zaleha Hamid. Her fashion style was very colorful and flamboyant back in the 60s and her voice was always incredible.. bright, fluid, emotional, and completely unique. She has always been one of my favorite singers. So to meet her and spend part of the afternoon with her was definitely a highlight of the trip for me.

The band she recorded most frequently was called Orkes Zindegi - mixing the Pop Yeh Yeh style with the Bollywood sounds that were also popular in the 60s and early 70s to create a style referred to as Ala Hindustan or Irama Hindustan.

Once Zaleha Hamid arrived at the hotel with her husband and son, we decided to head to a better location for the interview. Thinking of those EP covers she did back in the day where she was always peeking out from behind a palm tree in her most fashionable mod outfit (see her photo at top right of this blog), I suggested a park. Zaleha's husband decided to take us to Taman Merdeka in JB, right accross from RTM studios! I never thought I'd actually meet her in person, let alone do an interview and photo shoot in such a beautiful location!!!

There are even better photos from this day, but i dont want to give them all away yet! : )

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