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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sakura, D'Starlights, Malay Bands & New World

Singapore had three amusement parks in the 60s, Happy World, New World and Great World.
I remember the El Amigo NiteClub in New World at Kitchener Road off Serangoon Road featured a group called D' Starlights from the Philippines.
They were professionals indeed and was a larger group when they added keyboard and saxaphone to the usual Shadows setup.
The New World was also known for its cabarets where the man in the street could dance with hostesses for a small fee, only fifty cents per dance.
Some others would also patronise the Bunga Tanjong dance floor where Malay bands play ronggeng music, cha-cha, rhumba, etc.
Sakura Teng, featured in earlier blogs, started her career at New World when she was 17.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was joget wasn't it?

rogerpoh said...

New World was a large and popular amusement park then. State Cinema was there, wasn't it?

Andy Young* said...

The Joget area was a large gazebo within the Amusement Park where dancers don't hold hands with their partners but do the ronggeng, cha-cha or twist (later years) but the CABARET is in an airconditioned hall with bright colourful lights and dance hostesses you can hold in your arms.

Andy Young* said...

Yes, the State Cinema only screened movies controlled by Shaw Organisation because New World was partially owned by Shaw Brothers.

Anonymous said...

Clean innocent fun? And the bands of older men were fabulous. They were more orchestral weren't they?

Anonymous said...

Ah yes! a place where you can feel so young at heart.Even at 40s or 50's you can be seen shooting strings of hangging bulbs with an air rifle Steering in a 2seater electronic powered bumper cars purposely banging against another bumper car is a big thrill..Pin balls games, punching bag reflecting your powerful punch. Table footballs was also the in-thing...No more now#@#@#@#