Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pop Melayu 60an Yusnur Ef, P. Ramlee, Quests

A lyricist himself with more than 200 original songs to his name, he translated English hit song 'Sunny' and others into Malay. They were recorded by The Quests in the late 60s. His own compositions have been recorded by numerous Malay pop artistes.
On 14th January, '09 I arranged for an interview to meet this great man. He is Mr. Mohd. Noor Bin Mohd. Yusuf better known as Yusnor Ef, the expert on Malay music in Singapore, Malaysia and the Far East. He is an old friend.

Yusnor is also a connoisseur on P. Ramlee's life and work and has produced numerous documentaries on the actor, TV and film production and Malay culture.

He has written a book in Malay on 60s music, 'Aku, Dia dan Lagu Lagu Nostalgia' and another on P. Ramlee. He is now writing a book in English on the same topics.

Yusnor has a bio-data that fills pages since he won numerous awards. He is a true blue Singaporean but works from his office in Kuala Lumpur.

To read more about Yusnor Ef just key in his name on the Internet. He is that popular!

Image: Taken by Andrew Lim at a bookshop in Funan Centre.

Original article: Andy Lim Collection.


Roger said...

What an incredible character. Unlike these days with SMS, cell phones and the internet, most of us then were largely ignorant of what others were doing. Andy, with your encyclopedic knowledge of the 60s musical landscape, I've benefited tremendously.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know he's now based in Kuala Lumpur. Used to see him almost everyday. He had an office near the Katong area and was fondly called 'cikgu' by some of the lads i know. What strikes me most about him is that he could come up to you and chat with you like an old friend, even though you're a total stranger. Amazing!

He always had time for anyone who wanted advise or just listen to his adventures. A truly humble character. Respect.


Anonymous said...

Yusnor has a friendly disposition and is by nature a humble, helpful and jovial person.

Andy Young* said...

He is an old friend of mine and has promised to give me a copy of his book about Malay 60s music when he returns to Singapore in the near future. He also has a vinyl record of the Quests Malay translated songs.
Is it on YouTube?