Sunday, August 25, 2013


Photo grab from The Sunday Star, 25 August 2013
Our walk down Memory Lane continues with more nostalgia from the music of decades ago. With just a week before we celebrate Malaysia's 56th Independence Day on 31 August, let's look at some of the songs that all of us older Malaysians are familiar with, and have enjoyed listening and singing along to. Here are some of my personal favorites, in no particular order. Enjoy!

Sheila Majid, Malaysia's Queen of Jazz and R&B. 'Sinaran' and 'Lagenda' are two of my favorite Sheila Majid songs.

Zainal Abidin made it big with 'Hijau', Malaysia's first 'green' song.

I used to love listening to this song by Zaiton Sameon. Her budding singing career went into decline after a major road accident in 1990. Tragic.

Another of my favourite Malay songs sung by the enigmatic Jamal Abdillah.

A singalong song from the movie "Bujang Lapok" from the legendary P.Ramlee. His demise was a huge loss to the local entertainment industry, and to Malaysians.

My all-time favorite Malaysian entertainer - Sudirman. I was at the Chow Kit Road concert in 1986 where he sang from atop a crane to the thousands who packed the entire street to see him. Awesome!

Man Bai didn't have that many hit songs to his name. This is one that his fans will remember.

'Isabella' from, Search, one of Malaysia's longest-surviving rock bands from the 1980s.

I hope you have enjoyed this small selection of my favorite songs by Malay artistes . Did they bring back some happy memories for you? For more of the 56 songs that made it to Malaysia's Timeless Tunes, click here.

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