Saturday, November 26, 2011

History Channel pays tribute to the legendary Tansri P Ramlee!

(this is part 1 of 2. Follow youtube links within the video page for part two!)

My friend shared this great video clip with me yesterday. She also noted that for her, a Malaysian living in the US, "it's pretty huge" that the History Channel has chosen to do a feature on her beloved national hero - Malay/Singaporean composer, actor, director and timeless cultural icon, Tansri P Ramlee. (I can only hope that someday they'll do a feature on Pop Yeh Yeh too! Maybe they'll consider airing my film when it is released!)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Three-Day Pop Yeh Yeh Reunion concert - This January!!!

When I saw this poster last week, I nearly fell out of my chair.. I have to go to this!


Where: Istana Budaya - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:30pm until Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 11:30pm.


Original Singers with Original Bands :

- Jefridin @ Siglap 5
- A Rahman Hassan @ Orkes Nirwana
- A Halim @ D' Fiction
- J Sham @ The Wanderers
- Kassim Selamat @ Swallows (update: Kassim Selamat will not be attending unfortunately)
- L Ramlie @ Teruna Ria
- Fatimah M Amin @ The Clans
- A Rahman Onn @ Strangers

note: although i just read some recent dialogue on the event page (fb) that some of these bands might not all actually be composed of entirely original members, the singers will certainly be the real deal. I hope it's a huge success, for these artists' sake alone... they're living legends all of them and they will hopefully be welcomed by a sold out audience!

Below: some recent newspaper articles about this three day concert series (Unfortunately I wont be able to make it to this...I had hoped I could but the timing didnt work out)

Apache over Singapore

Joseph C. Pereira - author, music expert, journalist, record collector, mentor, and friend (met with him several times during my stay in Singapore!) has published yet another outstanding book about the Singapore 60s Pop Music Era entitled "Apache over Singapore" (According to Mr. Pereira, "Apache refers to the Shadows hit of 1961. It became a rite of passage for Singaporean bands then")

(I posted an entry about his first book on this subject, Legends of the Golden Venus, earlier in this blog.)

Released on October 2011, this book traces the development of the Singapore Sixties music scene. Publisher: Select Books

Mr Pereira has a really great perspective on this subject, having grown up in Singapore during the 60s. He's been studying this subject for years and he has also released several box set compilations of Singapore 60s music through various record labels in the past few years.

From what I gather, this book is full of fascinating stories, interviews, and rare photographs from the era. Definitely a must-read ! (I still need to get a copy for myself!!)

(Photos copyright J Pereira 2011)

Great article on Cikgu Yusnor Ef - Legendary Singapore Malay Lyricist

Read Article Here