Friday, July 30, 2010
Encik Kassim Selamat (Rahmat) looking at a photo from a wedding years ago that Zam Zam brought with him that evening --(i think it actually brought him to tears when he saw this photo - thinking of people he hadn't seen in such a long time... at this moment Zam Zam explained to me that "so many of these people are no longer around..it just makes you sad sometimes")
the photo Zam Zam brought along with him that evening - several Pop Yeh Yeh artist were in this photo -- Zam Zam is top Left
thanks again to Cikgu Yusnor Ef and Encik Zam Zam for helping arrange this meeting with the legendary Kassim Selamat. It was great to see Encik Yusnor Ef and Zam Zam again, and really inspiring to meet yet another one of my all time favorite Pop Yeh Yeh artists -- Kassim Selamat. Actually, my friend Yuana drove Encik Yusnor Ef and Encik Kassim Selamat back home that evening, and we listened to the Swallows greatest hits CD the whole way back. I sat in the back seat next to him and he sang every song..he even elbowed me a few times in the ribs during the freak out guitar solos. This is where I got a little teary eyed.. a memory that I will never forget.... I hope to go back again to spend more time with Encik Kassim Selamat (Rahmat is his real last name -- Selamat is his stage name - taken from a P Ramlee film character) and Cikgu Yusnor Ef.
UPDATE -- Here's a new website that my friend is constructing right now dedicated to The Swallows!
He's also working on a film about them!
Posted by DJ Carl Hamm at 1:01 PM