The popularity of musical group D Idaman reached its peak back in the 1960s. D Idaman comprises lead guitarist Ahmad Laini Abdul Wahab, rhythm guitarist Haji Masli, bass guitarist Haji Mashud, drummer Malik and lead singer Haji Matussin.
This musical band was formed in 1965 and became very popular along the likes of other existing bands such as Saroja, The Hunters, Irama Perindu, Rayuan Irama, Lima Sekawan, Melati Puteh and more.‘
D Idaman was always in the hearts of their fans, especially teenagers. This musical group had won numerous awards through several talent competitions organised by the Malay Broadcasting Section of Radio Brunei.
The group also performed at wedding ceremonies in the Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait Districts. Their music recordings were played on local radio stations as well as in Limbang in 1969. Moreover, their stage performance during the royal birthday celebrations was eagerly anticipated by die-hard fans as seen in huge crowds gathering prior to their show.
Looking back at popular live musical groups in the 60s, the most renowned ones from Malaysia and Singapore included The Siglap Five, Reydham Boys, Sand Blues, Orkes Nirwarna, Seri Wana Combo, The Shawollas, D Faction, Kafillah and Sangam Boys.
Popular male singers from neighbouring countries included Ahmad Jais, Salim I, Jeffry Din, M Osman, A Ramlee, A Romji, A Rahman Onn, Halim Yatim, Husin Marican and A Karim.
As for the female singers, names like Raefah Buang, Hasnah Harun, Rogiah Latif, Azizah Mohamad, S Roha, Senisah Huri, Fatimah M Amin, L Hasnah, Siti Zaiton, Kamariah Ahmad, J Kamisah, Zaleha Hamid, Rahimah Rahim and Orkid Abdullah were on the lips of every musical enthusiasts back in the late 60s.
(Anyone familiar with Brunei Pop 60s bands and singers?)
Images/Article by: HJ MOHD ABDUL RAHMAN Dec 26th, 2009. and extracted from News Brunei fm.