Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lam Chun See Remembers Teresa And Jimmy

Read his comments under Jimmy Linchong's posting. Ayo Mama or Ai Qing Nali Lai is by Teresa Teng. She learnt this song together with Rasa Sayang when she stayed in Indonesia. Rasa Sayang and Ayo Mama originated from the Maluku Islands (Spice Islands) of Indonesia.

Doesn't matter if you can't read Chinese. Enjoy song BELOW:


小河弯弯 流水不断来
流水长在 长流那天外

哎哟 妈妈
哎哟 妈妈
哎哟 妈妈

小河弯弯 春风吹过来
遍地花开 芬芳到心怀

哎哟 妈妈
哎哟 妈妈
哎哟 妈妈

Ayo Mama: Indonesian lyrics (literal translation):

Ayam hitam telurnya putih (Black chicken too has white eggs)
Mencari makan di pinggir kali (Searching for food by the lakeside)
Sinyo hitam giginya putih (Dark-skinned bride has white teeth)
Kalau ketawa manis sekali. (When she smiles, she's so sweet)

Ayo mama, jangan mama marah beta (Oh mum, don't you scold me)
Dia cuma cuma pegang beta (He's just holding her playfully)
Ayo mama, jangan mama marah beta (Oh mum, don't you scold me)
Lah orang muda punya biasa. (It's natural with the young)

Anyone willing to help with the Mandarin translation? Doesn't matter anyway. It's the beat that matters. Cha-cha-cha!!!


Lam Chun See said...

Thanks Andy. I think the movie which featured JLC singing this song must be this one titled Tropicana Interlude (椰林春恋). Here's a (not very flattering) review.

"But the plot just doesn’t matter – Ren (Jimmy's character in the movie) takes them on a picturesque tour of Malaysia – through Jopur, to Kuala Lumpur and on to the jewel of Penang where they visit many sites and watch a Malaysian wedding. All along the way I should mention Ren sings – and sings - and sings – some ten songs in total."

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Like Elvis' movies too, since Jimmy's looks has been compared to The King.

The movies are just an excuse for the stars to sing. Not flattering at all.

Thanks Chun See.

Unk Dicko said...

In several of my recent public performances, I taught my Minstrels several songs from the Maluku Islands... so we entertained the crowd with songs which include AYO MAMA, BUKA PINTU,
SARINANDE, RASA SAYANG. All these songs originated in this region.
And they are lovely for singing or listening.
Sarinande is especially exquisite either as ukulele solo or duet with guitar.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

The love for the home and strength of family, especially the mother, is one of the predominant themes in these songs, thus: 'Sioh Mama', 'Aer Susu Mama', 'Beta Sayang Mama' and of course 'Ayo Mama'.

Again, 'Buka Pintu', 'Nina Boboh' (Nina, my baby, go to sleep) reflect on the love for family and home.

Thank you unk Dick for your informative and enlightening contribution.

Aren't the islands called 'The Spice Islands' too?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Dr. Steven Farram should be able to write a few postings on this topic since he is a scholar on Indonesian culture.

Steve is a good friend who contributes time and again on this blog.

Unk Dicko said...

Hi Andy, yes the Maluku islands located in the Sulawesi Sea were also known as the Celebes or Spice Islands. Mace and nutmeg were top items. There are many islands in the chain of which Amboyna is the largest. One of the maids in my extended family is from there and has her home in a rustic part of the island by the sea. On X'mas Day last month, all gathered at my home for the traditional thing. I found out she was from there, brought out my ukulele and sang her those songs in her lingo.
She teared!
The other few Indo maids also joined in.
I invited them to sing for us while I provided accompaniment.
It was an occasion that was very emotional and memorable for them and all of us too.

Lam Chun See said...

I found the Indonesian version on YouTube here. This is sung by two children.

If anyone manages to locate the Jimmy Lin Chong version, pls let us know.

But most of all, we want to hear the Unk Dicko version!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks unk Dick for your lovely story and short history of the Moluccas.

I am sure the Indon maids appreciate the songs you had for them. And with the ukelele too!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks again Chun See for the connecting link to Ayo Mama.

Unk Dicko must do a recording of his songs on CD. We could always distribute them through our blogs.

Unk Dicko said...

No promise, I'll try to make a simple recording first...and upload.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Good for you.

Anonymous said...

Local singer Zhuang Xuefang (庄雪芳)recorded the song "Chu Ren Tou Di"(出人头地)in 1962, also adapted from Ayo Mama.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks again Chun See.