|Esplanade Concert Hall with Video Interplay|
|Orkestra Melayu Singapura with Amri Amin conducting.|
It was a little dark from the circle seats but little Joshie managed to count the number of musicians with their instruments in the various sections of the 42-strong group. The orchestra was lead by Amri Amin, music director since 2009. His flair in music arrangement, together with the experienced singers on board, helped retain the original flavour of most of Kartina's songs.
|TV 60s personality - Mr M. Ismail - remember him?|
For me it was like watching a 60s Pesta Ria TV show all over again, with veterans Julie Sudiro, M. Ismail and composer Kassim Masdor at the piano. (With his dark felt hat and sunglasses he resembled John Lee Hooker without a guitar.) English pop hits punctuated the concert of mostly Malay tunes once sung by Kartina. With the other *younger and talented singers they provided an unforgettable evening of love and entertainment.
|The stars of the show with Kartina Dahari third from left.|
It was interesting to see good friend Yusnor Ef and DJ Brian Richmond discussing Kartina on the back-drop video screen in between songs but the grand finale was the best (image) when the theme song, Sayang di-Sayang played to an appreciative and hand-clapping audience where Kartina tearfully thanked musicians, singers and audience for their support in making the tribute show a success.
It was a fascinating music and cultural experience which took me back to Kampong Wak Tanjong and Kampong Melaka days in the 1960s. Thank you Esplanade.
The above posting is a personal one.
*I am not familiar with the younger singers. Do excuse me.
Photos: Courtesy of The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.