Sunday, November 22, 2009

Malay Pops: Jeffrydin, A Ramlie, Les Kafilas, Hooks.



First aired on Radio Singapore in the weekly pop chart programme, Lagu Pujaan Minggu Ini, the composite word kugiran (kumpulan gitar rancak) was used by the first Malay DJ, Mohd Ismail Abdullah or M.I.A. 

It was rumoured that the word was coined by a subtitling officer, Daud Abdul Rahman. It was also P. Ramlee who used it to differentiate the combo-styled Malay bands of earlier times from the guitar groups.

The golden age of pop yeh-yeh started its demise in 1971. It's a pity because the formation and development of these guitar groups encouraged the establishment and existence of various recording companies in Singapore in the 60's and a lot of these songs were recorded on vinyl and sold well commercially. But there were bootleg records too. Plenty.
Some of the singers who have established themselves during this period included, M Osman, A Ramlie (Oh Fatimah), Jeffrydin, Roziah Latiff n The Jayhawkers, Adnan Othman, Halim 'Jandaku' Yatim, Afidah Es, J Kamisah, Siti Zaiton, J. Sham, A Rahman Onn, Hasnah Haron, Fatimah M Amin, Asmah Atan and Orkid Abdullah.

There were also A. Remie, Zamzam, Salim I, Kassim Selamat, M Rahmat, A Karim Jais, M Ishak, Hussien Ismail, Jaafor O, A Halim, Azizah Mohamed, S Jibeng and L Ramlee.

Manny Said was an original member of 'The Rhythm Boys'
Above pix was taken from his Facebook. [3.4.2023]

Other popular rock and pop bands of the period include The Rhythm Boys, The Siglap Five, The Hooks which featured A Romzi as lead vocalist, Siglap Boys, Les Kafilas (image), Cliffters featuring Rikieno Bajuri, Impian Bateks featuring Rudyn Al-Haj with his popular number Naik Kereta Ku and cappella like Oh Posmen, Gadis Sekolah and Zam Zam and the Twilights.

The Swallows EP featuring La Aube, Angkut Angkut Bilis and vocalist Kassim Selamat were featured in a radio station in Germany. There, La Aube was in the German pop chart. Most of the artistes mentioned are Singaporeans.

(Some of the bands mentioned have postings on this blog. Check them out.)

You Tube video: Oh Fatimah - A. Ramlie by 5band.
The above article has been edited.

(1) Wikipedia, 

A.Ramlie & The Rythmn Boys - Oh Fatimah
YouTube Video: KEON ZZECHO


Anonymous said...

Selamat bloging. Singapura dan Malaysia betul boleh!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Terima kaseh. Kita semua boleh. Music connects the world.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Terima kaseh. Kita semua boleh. Music connects the world.

DJ Carl Hamm said...

Hello Andy,

Do you have the Kafilas 45 with Hasnah Haron ?
Please let me know if you find it!! I need a copy of that EP!!

thank you!


ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Sorry buddy, I don't have a copy and am still searching for it myself.

Will look around for a copy for you too. Might take a while.

How's your CD compilation coming?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

A revised article. Jeffrydin will be singing at the Esplanade in March 2017. So you fans out there, go catch him soon.


Unknown said...

Dear, Andy. Salam perkenalan. Saya tetiba teringat lagu dari band boy lama yg mendendangkan lagu saduran Inggeris...NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEYYYY, GOODBYE.... Terlupa pula nama kumpulan itu. Pls enlighten me,thank you so much.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Sorry for late reply UNKNOWN.
Away on holiday and switched off all media connections. :-)

I shall try to find out your song and put it up on FACEBOOK soon as I get back.

Thank you for reading the blog.


Andy Young
Malay pops in SINGAPORE 60s were a force to reckon with. Check them out...

Andy Young
Hey guys, AMIDA, ROOP, RICHARD and ERIC.B., too, thanks for the quick take on this post. And 3 LOVE this post! Cheers.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hey guys, AMIDA, ROOP, RICHARD and ERIC.B., too,
Thanks for the quick take on this post.
And 3 LOVE this post!


𝙎𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙃𝙖𝙩𝙨 𝙊𝙛𝙛 𝙏𝙤 𝙐 𝘽𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝘼𝙣𝙙𝙮,,
𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝘼 𝙂𝙪𝙮 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙐 𝘼𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙,,
𝘿 50𝒔 60𝒔 70𝒔 𝙣 𝘽𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙁𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙮
𝙄𝙩 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙇𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙊𝙣 𝙉 𝙊𝙣,,
𝙐 𝙍 𝘿 𝘽𝙚𝙨𝙩,,,

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Ericbronson Wong you are fantastic.
I shall gather all of these pictures to make another posting of our pop stars.
If you can name them group for group, I'd be grateful.
Thanks very much.

PETER CHEONG [S.A.S] said...

Peter Cheong
Ya not forgetting the Siglap 5

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Peter Cheong Yes, One of the most popular too.


Manny Said said...

Manny Said
Nice one Andy. You know I was the original member of The Rhythm Boys pictured on the left. Silver tone guitar given to by my brother from NY. My first electric guitar. Thank you champ. Brings back good memories. Have a great day.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Manny Said hello! You're one of the best sir! I have always admired the Rhythm Boys. Thanks for responding and describing the guitar and picture.

Manny Said said...

Andy Young
Thank you to you Andy.
Keep up the great work.
My admiration to you always.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Manny Said Terima kaseh banyak2.



Colin Colin
Ericbronson Wong
James Kwok
Rocker Lee
Stephen Han
Roop Singh
Richard Khan
Rose Khoo
Freda Hanum
Chow Wen Hing
Moody Cash
Hawk Chen
Jalani Mohamed
Ser Kiong Tan
Patrick Teng
Alfred Ng
Anna Lim Chen
Lee Ringo
Kali Dass S
Adrin Madmods
Peter Cheong
Yip Dick
Amida Izad


During my younger days P Ramlee,Saloma and Ahmed Daud were popular.

Andy Young
Stephen Han, yes.
After that the pop guitar groups came along.