Tuesday, September 22, 2009

(2) Aci Buka Pintu Nujum Pa'Belalang Sabar!

This second Long Play is another EMI, Regal that specifies in Malay, "songs composed, arranged with the orchestra under Puteh Ramlee, AMN."

My interest in P. Ramlee dated back to the mid 50s when I watched movies produced by Shaw Brothers. My diet of Siput Sarawak, Neng Yatimah, Momo Latiff, Sit Tanjung Perak, S. Kadarisman and Omar Rojik holds strong even till today.

Then when P. Ramlee came along as Penarek Becha with his gang of Bujang Lapok I was fascinated with this man who composed, directed and even acted in his own movies.

The evergreens in these two LPs may interest some readers who want to listen to this great man. Like John Lennon said, "Before Elvis there was nothing." Likewise in Malay pop music in Singapore and Malaya, "Before Ramlee, there was nothing."

Getaran Jiwa is P. Ramlee, one of the best songs composed by him. Together with S. Sudarmaji, other songs that are pleasant to listen and meaningful would be Barang Yang Lepas Jangan Di Kenang, Sabar, Kesah Rumah Tangga and Sepanjang Riwayat Ku.

He has his humorous side too and Aci Aci Buka Pintu (one of my favourites), Lanang Tunang Ta Jadi (by Kassim Masdor and my good friend Yusnor Ef), Ai Ai, Ai Twist, Sabarudin Tukang Kasot, Ting Tara Tilalla and Nujum Pa'Belalang would put anyone, who understands Malay, in stitches!

LP Reference: EMI/Regal: SREG 9801/2.Image/original article: Andy Lim Collection.


BC Teoh said...

Andy, I don't listen much to Malay songs. However, I am really memerized by 3 Malay singers, P. Ramli, Boery and Sheila Majid.

Getaran Jiwa is defintely the song that I love most among P. Ramli's songs.

BC Teoh said...

Just watched the Aci Aci Buka Pintu video. Haha, so hilarious!

Andy Young* said...

Thank you, BC. Glad you also appreciate Ramlee. And Boery and Majid are icons too.

I hope more Singaporeans will open their hearts to these songs of the past as they make for our heritage.

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