Thursday, July 19, 2012

Get Acquainted With Singapore: Learn Singlish La! Siva Choy

Bengyap's video of Siva Choy and The Crossroads original rap: Why You So Like Dat?

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With the Kopi Kat Klan, Siva Choy (one half of 60's pop music duo The Cyclones ) wrote, directed and performed Why U So Like Dat? a popular comedy album comprising Singlish songs and kopi tiam skits. 

It was Singapore's first English-language comedy album and was so popular that it had sold more than 50,000 copies to date. The October Cherries' percussionist Richard Khan was playing the drums and one of the musicians helping out with the recording.

*Why You So Like Dat?  

By Siva Choy
Written by: Farid Long

Chorus:
Oui, why u so like dat ah?
Hey why u so like dat?
Why u so like dat ah?
Hey why u so like dat?

1) I let you kopi all my sum,

Because you always blur,
But when I try to kopi back,
You always call the Sir!

2) I always give you  chocolate,

I give you my Tic Tac,
But now you got a Kit Kat,
You never gimme back!

3) You tell me dat you don't like girl,

I also donno why,
But when you see a pretty girl,
Your voice go up damn high!

(4th verse very cheem; better listen carefully).

*Singlish Lesson for off-shore Ang-Mohs (Caucasians):

Why you so like that = Why're you behaving in this way?
kopi = copy (coffee in Malay)
sum = as in Mathematics.
blur = unaware of what's going on around you.
I also donno why = I don't understand.
cheem = too difficult to understand.

It's all tongue in cheek dear. Don't take it too seriously.

Connect to Siva's previous post:
http://singapore60smusic.blogspot.sg/2012/07/why-you-so-like-that-uh.html

Tribute from Jerry Fernandez:

You Tube video: by bengyap.
Image: From Siva Choy Facebook.

17 comments:

SINGLISH DICTIONARY said...

For overseas readers:

Well, just in case you come down to festival city Singapore learn a little Singlish.

The above connection may help. But don't take it all too seriously. We do speak Standard English and some of us Queen's English but then who bothers. Even the British hardly do.

JOANNA TAN INFOPEDIA said...

There are so many articles about Siva Choy. Best is to get connected above.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hope the above connections about Siva Choy help.

Jimmy Appudurai said...

One of my best friend ever. We both roamed the wonderful streets of London

John said...

I bought the cassette back in those days and learnt to rap

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

Eckkheng Goh
Sylvia Toh Paik Choo, Kitchie Boy’s classic!

Wan Wardah M W
I still have this cd!

Donald Abraham Pereira
Wan Wardah M W why u so like dat....keep so long one! 😂😂😂

Wan Wardah M W
Donald Abraham Pereira belongs to my elder brother, i borrowed since '97 hehehe

Donald Abraham Pereira
Wan Wardah M W wow, it's museum piece. Gave mine to a friend as a birthday gift. Siva has since passed away....rip.




John Kevin Soo
I bought the cassette back in those days and learnt to rap

Nama Saya Ben Ahmad
I bought the cassette back in 1991...

Steven Kee

Ivan Tan
The Kopi Kat Klan .
The 4D song and the barber song

Jayadas Kandiah
I dedicate the song to all cyclists on the expressway...

Andy Young
Author
Hi guys, thanks for the response. Cheers.

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

Jayadas Kandiah
I dedicate the song to all cyclists on the expressway...

Andy Young
Author
Hi guys, thanks for the response. Cheers.

Donald Abraham Pereira
Andy Young thank you😁❤️



Prem Kallat
I've sent Siva's wife, ilsa sharp an invite to join this group.

Andy Young
Author
That's nice Mr Prem Kallat, thanks.

Prem Kallat
Andy Young He'd have been 74 today.



Angela Leow
I still have the CD! 😀 😀

Shumit Gupta
Siva Choy was so so talented, a real icon sadly never got the recognition due. His 2 Kitchi Boy books were staples of my sec school days and I used to read them over and over again and literally ROFL before ROFL was invented. And the stuff he put out in the 60s with his brother and their band The Cyclones - top shelf stuff

Sandra Jayandran
Shumit Gupta sadly i only have the 2nd book and they are out of print. How i wish they would reprint them.

Shumit Gupta

Nic Tan
Still have the cassette.

Freda Hanum
Really enjoyed listening to this song, so cute haha😄
why you so like dat Andy!

Merly Citaro Faizal
I remember this song 😂 very catchy lyrics

Jimmy Appudurai-chua
Happy birthday dear siva xx

Alan Oliveiro
I have both his books

Alan Oliveiro
He also signed one of them

Ong Hock Peng
...fortunate to watch him at his show at Victoria Memorial Theatre quite some years back...simply the best!

Donald Abraham Pereira
Ong Hock Peng absolutely. Multi talented, perfect score in each segment of his gifts. Sheer delight to hear him speak to. Wonder if anyone has a copy of his hit "Fanfare" weekly entertainment and gossip newspaper?

Hammond Wong
Siva Choy was 2 years (Pre-U) ahead of me when I was in Sec 4 in Bartley Secondary School.

Alan Watkins-Groves
The only lines I can remember now ...
You always copy my homework because you are so blur
But when I try to copy back you always tell the Sir
Why you so like dat?

Wilson Lim
My favourite skit: The Tunnel

Ah Foo
Pity... If I recall correctly...
He RIP in Australia some years back..
Some of my friends happened to Be his relatives in Sgp...

Ah Foo

Ah Foo

Veteran blues musician Siva Choy, who penned Singlish rap classic Why U So Like Dat?, dies aged 70
STRAITSTIMES.COM

Brian Vittachi
Whether writing or singing the blues he did both very well.


LAURENCE LIM said...

Andy, surprisingly Rap music had been around for more than 50 years as evidenced by Sivas composition , but eventually It went into oblivion , until it was revived and popularised by some Black Americans about 20 years back . In my opinion,Rap music is the ‘in thing’ today , at least to the teenagers n young adults.

Our budding composers can take a cue from Siva Choy. Spore music lovers are more inclined to listen to songs with a’ catchy beat ‘ rather than a ‘draggy’ tempo like the fox trot or Waltz. In any case, as i have mentioned in my earlier post, for local composers work to be recoqnised, support from our Ministry for arts and culture, community participation n commercial sponsorship are paramount.

A special mention should be given to Waynes composition of ‘Cats like us ‘ I was not particularly trying to understand the lyrics but am very impressed by the music arrangement ,in particular the electrifying guitar solo.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Laurence,
I must agree with what you mentioned about Rap music. It’s back again. Siva had that special and natural comic-like nuances and humorous lyrics by his kawan Farid Long; it made the song a big hit. It’s an old 2012 blog posting but brought hundreds of Siva’s fans back to talk about him again.

About Wayne’s composition. Lots of potential with his song. When I heard it, I thought it could be a hit if properly promoted.
Kamsiah.

JIMMY YAP said...

WA LAO !! SEE BAY HOR AH.

TALKING ABT KOPI ( COFFEE OR COPY ) HOW ABT MAKING YRSELF LOOKING LIKE A PRO WHEN ORDERING YR CUP OF COFFEE AT A HAWKER CENTRE IN THE HEARTLANDS OF SINGAPORE ?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Must thank everyone for this new outburst of enthusiasm for SIVA’s classic hit.
This article was posted in 2012 and still drawing attention today.
I understand from a reader he’s 74 just.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIVA CHOY.

FACEBOOK said...


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THANK YOU ALL.

KEVIN MICHAEL SIM said...


Trivia: "Oh Gemok Gemok" is modelled on the traditional Portuguese dance, "Ó Malhão, malhão", which is part of the traditional repertoire for Kristang communities here in Singapore, Malacca as well as our cousins in Macau.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Kevin. This piece of info. is indeed interesting and valuable. I am not aware.

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Darrin David Francis said...

Yup. Talented entertainer