This is a Latin ballroom track for the uncles and aunties! Sumarli’s voice is warm, smoochy [think Englebert Humperdinck]. ‘Sang Perindu’ is Easy Listening, with a touch of the gentle side of 1950s Cuba. Why Cuba? Because Element Tree’s Ateq is playing Timbales, the sound of which immediately conjures up visions of men wearing suits or flowery shirts and women in print dresses dancing close together in sweaty, smoky Cuban nightclubs.
I didn’t intend to blog about Jiaja [brothers Nazri JI and Naza AJA] when I went to listen to them … More
“Sekian Lama” is simple and lyrical for the most part, before building into something richer and more complex towards the end. Devreney is a confident and powerful singer, and her skill gives Matlan all the freedom of musical expression he needs, to achieve what he wants with this track.
“Setiap Waktu” starts like a folk-ballad, so striking in its simplicity. Sparse piano chords and gentle guitar picking provide a carpet over which a cello pulls long dignified notes, and the hint of an oboe voice appears just in time to lead into the main part of the song.
Jangan Ambil Dia/Bukan Aku | Until The End of Time/Not Me, new EP by Dayang Noraini The new EP by … More
“The Legendary Concert 2012” was a concert tour bringing together four titans in Malaysian music today: Jamal Abdillah, Sheila Majid, … More
Cikgu Shariff Kassim is a teacher from Kudat, and the Abah of the original KidZ, all from Kudat. He was … More
The next day, I went home to KK as the national Champion. Usually, you expect if you do something good, people will come and cheer you, pick you up at the airport, you know? But for me, nobody came. Friends came to my house, but my mum said: Please don’t say anything, don’t celebrate, please go home. So I came back to KK just like a normal person, lah. Nobody saw me or knew who I was. Just like that.
Are my lyrics really clever, oblique and alternative? Are the sentences unusual, ending in the middle of the next line, with subtle rhymes which are almost missed? No. Music is not just about melody, nor just about lyrics. It’s about all that and more. In this case, the ‘more’ is DAYANG NORAINI. It’s about her ability to infuse meaning and commitment to her delivery. She makes the song
Also from Element Tree Music House Element Tree Music House presents lovely new singer “WEN” KIdZ! “Di Hari Raya” and … More
This is my advice to every Sabahan guy who is living somewhere in the world OUTSIDE SABAH: Get hold of … More
“Everybody in the music scene that we knew before — when they come into contact with religion again — they tend to disappear from the music industry completely. They become something else totally different, like a clerk or something, to make ends meet. We tried that before, on our own, but we have a good teacher, and our teacher never told us to stop doing what we’re good at. This is our destiny, this is what we do best.”
I opened up Gmail the other day. In my Inbox there was a photo of a smiling, pretty young woman … More
Right! The hardworking KIdZ have been helping us to hear their new compositions. Here are their two Raya songs for … More
Jade Sisters made a version of “Selamat Hari Raya”. It’s classic Jade: a strong solo voice singing the verse, and … More
What is nicer than Sabahan musicians celebrating Raya by writing songs? Who have we got so far? Dayang Noraini KIdZ … More
It’s cool that an album I reviewed in April 2010 is very relevant right now, because Raya is here again … More
In conjunction with the Hari Raya celebration this year, the KIdZ want to send their greetings to all their friends … More
I was kindly invited by Lee Haji Wahid (Rafiqa Roslee) to the press conference/ media launch for Dayang Noraini’s new … More
The crowd was heaving now, strobe lights showing glimpses of the moshers’ leaping bodies thrashing, crowd-surfing. The Cowboy Bar in Asia City was as it was supposed to be, today: dark, smoky, sweaty, and throbbing with excellent sound, local bands giving it their all on stage, and slamming bodies in the middle of the floor.
I was at RTM Sabah for two nights, after producer Sonny Bahari invited me to watch “Pertandingan Akhir Bintang Kecil … More