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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pop Melayu 60an P Ramlee - Kugiran Swallows


Since the mid-sixties Malay music has included the pop music that is similarly styled by the West. The guitar groups or ku-gi-ran as in kumpulan gitar ranchak (literal: group of lively beat guitars) resulted in bands like Rhythm Boys, Swallows, Les Kalifas and Impian Batek. They had The Shadows styled line-up and fronted by singers like Jeffrydin, A. Ramlie and Kassim Selamat, three that I remember.

One influence from traditional to Malay pop was of course P. Ramlee, if ever, the greatest composer and singer in the 50s and beyond. I remember going to the Queen's Cinema in Geylang in the 60s to enjoy his movies like, Bujang Lapok, Penarek Becha, etc. He was the ultimate in composing ballads and paved the way for Malay singers and groups that came along later.

I had the opportunity to know Mr. Yusnor Ef in the 60s, a disciple of P. Ramlee, who explained to me P. Ramlee's concept of the 'silver screen' (term for movies), music and Malay tradition. Yusnor was better than a dictionary on P. Ramlee.

There were others who came after P. Ramlee. 

Wikipedia has a treasure of articles about Malay music.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The great P Ramlee! Saw some of his movies and was impressed by his acting. Your blog is great! Azlan.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you Mr Azlan. I hope people who knows about P. Ramlee will write in. Actually I am trying to get in touch with Eusnor Ef but to no avail.

Andy Young* said...

I found Mr Yusnor Ef and met him this afternoon at Funan Centre (15.01.09). He is a treasure trove so knowledgeable and an expert with Malay music, film production and P. Ramlee. He has produced many documentaries on Malay culture, etc. and lives in Kuala Lumpur.

He will inform me more about 60s music soon when we meet again.

Anonymous said...

Malay pop is called, Pop Yea,Yea... following Beatles song, 'She Loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.'

Anonymous said...

Yusnor Ef was recently lambasted in the Malaysian papers. A report by Adam Salleh from Harian Metro Malaysia in late 2007, claims that Yusnor is actually just a fan in the 50-60s era during the P. Ramlee times, and not exactly "P. Ramlee's disciple as he claims to be so famously for". The report and several others in the Malaysian media, supported by true film veterans/legends of that era also states that he is "distorting" the history of Malay films, by infusing his own name and "involvements" in the likes of that era by saying some film lyrics were written by him, and that he is a music composer, when he cannot even play an instrument. A lot of the Malay veteran artistes (of whom a substantial number plied their trade in the Shaw Brothers studio in Jalan Ampas Singapore, is still alive and kicking in Malaysia) also supports the claim that Yusnor got his " experience and info" from books and true life accounts of the "real" artistes/friends of P. Ramlee and the late legend's era. Yusnor then will always "sell" it as his "own story". It's sad that many in Singapore is fooled, simply because Yusnor also contributes to the singapore malay media press, and always "market" himself as "P. Ramlee's student". Please do go to Kuala Lumpur, and seek veterans like Datuk Jamil Sulong (a revered Malay director/linguist active since the 1950s), Dato' Aziz Satar (P. Ramlee's partner in crime in most of his comedic films) and the likes, as these people are the true legends and who more than without a reasonable doubt, are true friends and colleagues of P. Ramlee. They will tell who the true Yusnor is, that he is no more than a mere obsessed fan during the 1960s, often hanging around the fences of the studio, not even granted free access into the studio. It seems today, that his efforts has paid off since a lot of people really believe that he was that close to P. Ramlee. Do enquire from the Harian Metro press regarding the validity of this claim by Adam Salleh and the other reporters. It is heard that because of this "scandal" that was let known to the Malaysian public, his production endeavour in Malaysia has suffered, and he is now back and based in Singapore, holding small scale workshops and seminars to support himself, again selling his "P. Ramlee's student" branding. Only the Singaporean Malay newpapers supports him, weirdly enough. I don't like to assume since I don't know him, but I half suspect and think there won't be smoke without fire. Only God knows. God speed.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you for your comment about Yusnor Ef. I have known him to be knowledgeable on Malay 60s music and have discussed with him about Pop Yeh, Yeh music.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Andy, you are not the first nor the last to be taken in by Yusnor. Astro beieved for a long while that he was an authority on P Ramlee and the Malay films. The only official link he has to P.Ramlee was that he was a tutor to one of P. Ramlee's sons.
Anyone can be knowledgeable about anything or any era. Knowledge however does not entitle you to claim you are P. Ramlee's disciple or have written numerous lyrics for P. Ramlees songs. If you prefer to take Yusnor's words over those who are closer to P. Ramlee, and these include Aziz Sattar, Jins Shamsudin, Jamil Sulong and Kassim Moasdor, than basically you are belittling the memory of the late great P.Ramlee.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you for your comments because I appreciate them. I do not prefer Yusnor's words over anyone else nor am I belittling the memory of P. Ramlee. I still need to learn about the pop musicians of the 60s and this blog, with information from readers like yourself, is helping me to do so.
Meanwhile I wish to close this discussion about PRamlee and YusnorEf. Again thank you sir for your comments.

ROBERT said...

Hi

I have a mint condition 45rpm of P Ramlee's MECHECHE BUJANG LAPOK. I was wondering if you'd like a picture of it?

Cheers
Robert

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you Robert,
I shall write to you soon on the email address you provided. You are so kind and the first person to offer an image that I could use one day.