July 4 Musical Entertainment


July 5, 2014

July 4 Musical Entertainment

It is still July 4 in the US, noon in  the national capital Washington DC and New York City, and so let us celebrate America’s Birthday with songs from well known American  singers, and what better way to start this celebration than this by Lee Greenwood. Once again, Happy Birthday America, Land of the Free.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Your Weekend Entertainment : We wish to remember Matt Monroe


June 28, 2014

Your Weekend Entertainment : We wish to remember Matt Monroe

Kamsiah HaiderMatt Monroe was Britain’s Musical export of the Sixties, born with a God given cyrstal clear voice. He is the singer who is in a class of his own, cultivated, cultured and sophisticated. He showed us that he could rise above his working class to become his country’s top entertainer. If you are surprised, just listen to Matt, the James Bond of the easy listening.

For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and I propose to feature Matt’s unique  rendering of hisimage greatest hits so that we all can relax ahead of the month of Ramadhan. We wish our relatives, Muslim friends and associates Selamat Berpuasa. Ramadhan is a special month for Muslims to reflect on one’s morality and get close to God Almighty. I hope those extremists in our community will stop playing politics and fanning hatred. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

A Tribute to Matt Monroe

Matt’s Greatest Hits

Your Weekend Entertainment –Jazz From Malaysia


June 14, 2014

Your Weekend Entertainment –Jazz From Malaysia

din and kamsiah2Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

For listening pleasure, Dr. Kamsiah and I present Jazz from Malaysia featuring the RTM Combo led by Ahmad Shariff, Radio Malaysia Orchestra under the direction of Alfonso Soliano and Gus Steyn, and the crooners of the 60s era.

My dearly departed cousin, Dato’ Ahmad Daud and  Zain Azman, my friend at the malaysia-endless-possibilitiesRubber Research Institute (known in the 1960s as the Nat King Cole of Malaysia) are  also featured here. Malaysia is a country full of talent and rich in culture and music (including Jazz).In fact, it is a land of Possibilities, if only we know how to utilise our  diverse cultural heritage, and talent pool.

That said, let us relax since this week, as reflected in the postings on this blog, was an equally emotionally draining one. Keep well and enjoy your Sunday.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

RTM Combo–Ahmad Shariff

Aku Dia & Lagu

Di Taman Seputeh

Musalmah

Mimpi

Alfonso Soliano

Ayam den Lapeh

Mimpi Ku Semalam

Ku Kan Kembali

Gus Steyn

Ahmad Daud

Zain Azman

Weekend Entertainment-June 7, 2014


June 7, 2014

Weekend Entertainment-June 7, 2014

The entertainment programme for this weekend comes early since it coincides with the Official Birthday of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang DiPertuan Agong, Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah. Dr Kamsiah and I take this opportunity to congratulate all friends and associates who are being honoured by our beloved King today for their contributions to national development and public service.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Frank Sinatra

Bobby Darin

Engelbert Humperdinck

Bee Gees

Jerry Vale

Songs for the Weekend


June 1, 2014

Songs for the Weekend

Phang.RLast evening (May 31), Dr. Kamsiah and I attended the 75th Birthday party of Tan Sri Robert Phang  (left) at the Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. It was a well attended function where we renewed old friendships including with the controversial Tunku Abdul Aziz, and made new friends. We also celebrated the graduation of Robert’s daughter, Dr. Frances Phang MD, from the University of Nebraska. Our congratulations to Dr. Frances and sincere birthday wishes to her dad, Tan Sri Phang.

At the Phang party, I also met a fan of this blog who asked me whether I had abandoned my role as DJ. I informed the nice and kind lady that the state of our politics had affected my musical mood. On the score, I took a break from being a weekend DJ. But I promised to play a few tunes for this Sunday. I, therefore, hope she likes my selection for her listening pleasure.–Din Merican

Dean Martin

Jim Reeves

Frankie Avalon

The Everly Brothers

Al Martino

Vince Hill

The Question I ask myself: Where does the Time Go?


May 18, 2014

The Question I ask myself: Where does the Time Go?

DM at 75The Question I ask myself these days as I approach three Quarters of a Century is Where Does the Time Go. I dedicate this Barry Manilow’s rendition of the song with the same title , Bing Crosby’s That’s What Life is all about and Frank Sinatra’s My Way to friends, associates, men and women of my generation. Please don’t go away or give up as we have lots of unfinished business to settle, given the state of our country. We must soldier on and not quit.Din Merican

Barry Manilow

Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra

A Tribute to Datuk Aziz Sattar


May 10, 2014

A Tribute to Datuk Aziz Sattar, the last of the Entertaining Trio

by Dato Johan Jaaffar | zulu.jj@hotmail.com Twitter: @Johan_Jaaffar

http://www.nst.com.my

DATUK Aziz Sattar had a lot of stories to tell. After all, he was one of the last surviving stars of the golden years of Malay cinema. “Bang Aziz”, as he was fondly called, would regale his listeners with stories of stars, directors, producers and films that he was involved with.

Datuk Aziz SattarDatuk Aziz Sattar

My favourite: back then, Malay film stars had to moonlight to get extra income. Aziz and two friends, including a famous actress, were invited to a show in Johor. On the way back to Singapore, they had a flat tyre. To their horror, there was no jack in the car and, worse, there was hardly anyone passing the road at midnight. The actress told them to sort out the tyre while she lifted the car with her thigh. No one spoke about the incident. But they knew she wasn’t the type to mess with.

But Aziz had many more stories to tell about the late P. Ramlee. In fact, he was always an unapologetic defender of the legend. He had nothing but praises for him. After all, it was P. Ramlee who made him famous as part of the trio that gave us the memorable and hugely entertaining Bujang Lapok, Pendekar Bujang Lapok, Ali Baba Bujang Lapok and Seniman Bujang Lapok.

It was in 1957 when Aziz was cast in the first Bujang Lapok. He was already in his 30s. But his youthful, innocent and boisterous look made him the darling of cinema-goers. Bujang Lapok was a massive hit by any standard. Together with S. Shamsuddin and P. Ramlee, they redefined comedy in films. Bujang Lapok was P. Ramlee’s fourth film as director, and his first comedy. He started with Penarik Beca in 1955, then went on to direct Semerah Padi and Panca Delima. The first two were blockbusters.

It wasn’t easy to direct a comedy. After all, P. Ramlee wasn’t known as a comedy actor. In the 24 films he had acted before he helmed Penarik Beca, he was always playing dashing heroes or tragic protagonists. The secret of Bujang Lapok was in the chemistry between its main cast. The trio was perfect. Improvisation, we were told, was the guiding principle. They didn’t just act by following the script. The actors improvised a lot. And, it worked.

Bujang Lapok was a cleverer version of the Three Stooges. P. Ramlee successfully replicated the concept in two Labu Labi films and later at Merdeka Studio in Ulu Kelang, made three Do Re Mi movies. The last in the series, Laksamana Do Re Mi, in 1972, was also his last film. He died a year later at the age of 44.

Bujang Lapuk started it all. And, the series was unparalleled in originality, ingenuity and freshness. Some of the words and phrases used in those films stuck to this day, in fact it became part of the lexicon of cinema. P. Ramlee made fun of everyone and got away with murder for his sindiran (teasing), wit and humour. P. Ramlee moved on to make many more great films. But Aziz and Shamsuddin could never replicate their success in the Bujang Lapok films.

P. Ramlee, of course, was in a different class altogether; he was an all-rounder, no one in the film industry came close to him in terms of originality, creativity and talent.

There were some who believed that many of the scenes and portrayals in the Bujang Lapok series were so original that they were ahead of their time. Remember the scene in Pendekar Bujang Lapok when the dead walked up to the trio? P. Ramlee diehards believed that John Landis plundered the scene for Michael Jackson’s music video, Thriller, 24 years later! Watch it, and you might end up believing.

P. Ramlee died in May 41 years ago, Shamsuddin in June last year and Aziz four days ago. Aziz was the last of the trio in the Bujang Lapok series. There are few survivors of the MFP and Cathay-Keris era in Singapore. With Aziz’s demise, an era closes. With him ends the great bintang filem (film stars’) era.

Aziz may have played second fiddle to others on screen but he was always his own man in real life. He was affable, ebullient and humble. He was a great star with no attitude. Like the character he played in Bujang Lapok, he was charming, friendly and entertaining.

For that, he will be fondly remembered.

Aziz Sattar may have played second fiddle to others on screen but he was always his own man in real life.

 

Your Weekend Entertainment: With YUNA


February 15, 2014

Your Weekend Entertainment: With YUNA

In the 1970s, a young artiste from Johor achieved a great success as an entertainer abroad. He gained fame in PARIS, France. He is Shake (and later Dato Shake). Here is the song, Tu sais je t’aime, that him brought into the limelight in Europe. Dr. Kamsiah and I met him a few years back at the wedding of a friend’s daughter when he performed this song. There was no turning back for him, and we wish him well.

imageDr Kamsiah and Din Merican

Dato Shake

Dato Shake in 2011

Recently, a teenager, whose parents are our close friends introduced us to a young lass from Subang Jaya who is a singing sensation in the US. She is YUNA, and for this weekend’s entertainment we feature her exclusively starting  with Gelora Jiwa, her tribute to the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee. We hope you like our selection.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

YUNA

Extra- KRU and P. Ramlee-Getaran Jiwa

Repeat Performance–Katrina Dahari

Sorry Riza Aziz, your Mom’s Money can’t buy everything


January 23, 2014

Sorry Riza Aziz, your Mom’s Money can’t buy everything

http://www.malaysiakini.com

Buying over the rights and financing a film does not actually qualify one as a producer. At least not according to Hollywood’s premier motion picture body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In what the industry views as a “rare move”, the Academy yesterday dropped Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz from the Oscars nominations list for best picture nominee, Wolf of Wall Street.

Instead, in the list of producers nominated for the US$100 million film are director Martin Scorcese, lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza’s business partner Joey McFarland and Scorsese’s partner Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

The list of nominated producers for the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ was finalised by the Academy yesterday, a week after the other nominations were announced.

This marks a departure from the Producers Guild Association, that nominated Riza as producer but not Scorsese and DiCaprio, for the controversial film about debauchery in the world of finance.

According Deadline Hollywood, DiCaprio had worked to get the film to screen as producer for six years and had roped in Riza and McFarland’s fledgling production company Red Granite Pictures, that fully financed the venture.

Red Granite then purchased the rights from Warner Bros and was caught in a legal battle with the original producer Alexandra Milchan for compensation. The matter has been resolved out of court.

Responding to the Academy’s announcement, Red Granite, in a media statement, said it will not contest the decision and that Riza is honoured to have been part of the project. Riza is the son of Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor from her first marriage.

The movie has been banned in Malaysia, and his financing of the film has drawn scorn from right-wing Malay supremacists Perkasa.

Hollywood disdain

Meanwhile, whistleblower Sarawak Report as part of its expose on Riza cited “Hollywood insiders” as saying that the decision to dump Riza follow industry concerns over financiers “attempting to claim producer credits for films they bankrolled but did not make”.

“They are greener than green,” one “experienced producer” told Sarawak Report of Riza andRiza and J Low McFarland, whom the portal reported previously acted as party planned for Malaysian wheeler dealer Jho Low (right).

They are financiers, but have also taken producer credits. The producer credits have gone to Riza, Joey and some other producers, but the actual work is being done by people working for Red Granite and the other producers,” another unnamed “senior Hollywood producer” is quoted as saying.

Those in the know credit Milchan as the main driver for the film, having procured the rights to the Jordan Belfort (the jailed financier played by DiCaprio) story and commissioned the script before the project was taken up by Warner Bros.

Insiders say it was her who roped in DiCaprio and Scorsese, despite the Red Granite duo claiming to have done so in media reports, citing their friendship with the Hollywood heartthrob. They also claim that that Milchan “came back and took over” after Warner Bros dropped the film and then sold it to Red Granite.

“It’s common knowledge. That is what producers do, but Red Granite just bought over a done deal. They aren’t what I would call producers, they are financiers and money men,” one insider said.

Industry professionals told the website that while the film cost US$100 million, publicity and marketing would have cost an additional US$35-40 million. The film has grossed US$80 million so far, the insiders said, but producers only get a fraction of the takings.

“The threatre keeps 60 percent and the studio 40 percent, then there are all the payments before the producers get anything back,” one Hollywood professional is quoted as saying.

Deep pockets

Insiders also revealed that the film was not “pre-sold” for three months after it started production, and everything was on Red Granite’s expense. Sarawak Report noted that the new kids on the block’s deep pockets have also set tongues wagging, with seasoned professionals questioning the rookies’ ability to raise so much funds.

It also reported that there is speculation that Riza was cut by the Academy over comments by “close friends” in Malaysian media which could be viewed as anti-semitic.

The Malaysian Gazette, a portal run by a journalist close to Riza’s mother Rosmah Mansor, quoted these “close friends” as saying that Riza should be celebrated for “breaking the monopoly of Jews in Hollywood”.

Riza, it reported, has never made any overt statements of bigotry but such sentiments by Riza’s “close friends” and his failure to “disown” the remarks have “appalled the liberal and egalitarian community in Hollywood”.

“Many of Hollywood’s high flyers are indeed rightfully proud of being Americans of Jewish heritage. However, America is passionately committed to success through merit, unlike in Malaysia, where it is increasingly complained that only certain well-connected families can expect to monopolise money-making opportunities.”

Sarawak Report had earlier exposed that Riza had purchased a US$17.5 million ((RM58.21 million mansion) in Hollywood, after purchasing a US$33.5 million (RM110 million) apartment in New York in 2010.

It reported that Riza, 36, worked with HSBC Bank in London for three years before making his Hollywood bid.

 

 

Your Weekend Entertainment


January 4, 2014

Your Weekend Entertainment

din and Kam New YearWe open this year’s weekend entertainment with keroncong music. What is this kind of music?We checked it out on the net and got this:

“Keroncong originated and developed in Java with great Portuguese influence using the ukelele and other stringed instruments. It was brought to Malaysia from Java in the 15th century. One style of keroncong which developed is called ‘langgam jawa’ which uses many of the rhythmic patterns heard typically in gamelan music along with the pelog scale. In this style there is a great amount of gamelan influence.

In its original form, it consisted of songs sung with the accompaniment of the Indian sitar, the rebab or bowed chordaphone, the suling or bamboo flute, the gendang, kenong and saron of the gamelan ensemble, and a gong. Today, these instruments are sometimes replaced by the guitar (for sitar), violin (for rebab), modern flute, cello (which takes on the role of the gamelan instruments) and the bass (which substitutes the gong).

Modern keroncong groups may even include the accordian and the vibraphone to add extra colour. The vocals however still remain traditional, based mainly on the Javanese pelog or slendro scales. Keroncong style music is also found among the repertoire of nationalistic Malaysian songs, as well as modern day pop-influenced tunes”– WIKIPEDIA on Keroncong

We feature a number of well known keroncong singers for this weekend. Let us start with Kartina Dahari (Singapore’s First Lady of Song), followed by Rafeah Buang (Malaysia), Hetty Koes Endang (Indonesia) and Khatijah Ibrahim (Malaysia’s Singing Sweetheart). Have a good weekend and relax.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Kartina Dahari

Rafeah Buang

Tribute to Din’s Ibu

Hetty Koes Endang

Khatijah Ibrahim

Tsunami of Price Hikes


January 2, 2014

Tsunami of Price Hikes In Malaysia Truly Asia

by Balan Moses@http://www.thesundaily.my

Balan MosesTHE pain that many fear will envelop them from a prospective tsunami of price hikes has yet to kick in but rest assured that the inevitable will take place.

I am sorry to start the year on a pessimistic note but false optimism will get us nowhere. We, the people at large, have to discuss the matter and collectively work with the government and private sector to get us out of this veritable pickle that we find ourselves in. Malaysians are bracing for increments ranging from power rates to tolls that have crept up on us all of a sudden leaving many afraid that their slender financial resources may not be able to weather the storm.

How is it that everyone (I exaggerate, of course) is rushing, in concert it appears, to charge us more? Has fair play (and fair prices) been thrown out the window? In reality, higher charges for a myriad goods and services have been our constant companions since last year with many not really feeling the pinch due to the manner in which prices went up intermittently by a fraction.

Much like the proverbial frog in water that grew warmer gently but surely until the heat became unbearable. In truth, our ringgit buys less today than it did last year. And it appears that this will very much be the trend in the foreseeable future.

What then is the fate of the ordinary wage earner whose purchasing power is diminishing at a faster rate than the annual increase in income? Not exactly encouraging news given the warning a couple of days ago that some employers may be giving smaller bonuses and salary increments this year.

At Dataran Merdeka--Price Hikes Protest -31-12-13Price Hike Protest-December 31, 2013

And certainly not palatable information to the many retirees from the public and private sectors. Government pensioners are not exactly ecstatic every time there is an across the board hike in public sector salaries as pensions do not appear to keep pace with price hikes.

As for those who retired from the private sector, the outlook appears rather bleak as jobs become increasingly hard to come by at their age.

Some of those depending on Employees Provident Fund savings to get by fear that their money may not last them for too long with medical exigencies making their unhealthy presence felt and old age imposing its costs in so many other ways.

So where does that leave the average consumer? I think it is time that consumers organise themselves better to avoid getting a raw deal from traders at all levels.

I am not besmirching the honest traders who make reasonable profits by giving the consumer a fair price for a product or service. Not for a moment do I begrudge traders their fair profit as they too have families with all attendant costs. My beef is with profiteers who use any excuse for a better profit.

Malaysians have to identify the areas where they spend the most and seek to keep costs at reasonable levels. I use the word “reasonable” as I am cognizant of the fact that we do not live in a vacuum with international price trends directly affecting our economy.

Be that as it may, the time has come for middle Malaysia (the rich may not arguably feel the pinch like the middle class and poor do) to sit up and take an active interest in the mechanics of price hikes. I am sure there are retired economists, entrepreneurs, consumerists, academics, statisticians and managers with a reservoir of experience who can join hands to identify the way in which prices are increased.

They can also point out to government areas of unjustified increases in prices for the executive to act on. They can also work with the private sector to rationalise price hikes. I am curious about how much profit traders make in any sale or transaction.

Is there any authority that keeps tabs on these things or is it a laissez-faire system where everyone makes as much profit as they want? The argument may be made that no one is forcing anyone to buy at a particular shop or outlet. Willing buyer, willing seller as the saying goes.

And therein lies the rub as unwilling buyers are now forced to buy at willing outlets that don’t mind inflating prices as they have a captive audience.

Is there a choice available to consumers? Not really. Those in housing estates are at the mercy of sundry shops that charge 20-30% more than some supermarkets which in turn charge 20% or more than hypermarkets.

Can we have a directory of enterprises for the consumer to refer to for fair prices? Can someone get this going on the internet for the public good? There are a whole raft of things that the consumers can do if we put our collective mind to it. Remember. We are a potent force who can make or break businesses.

Even as I delve into the litany of woes facing the average consumer, I want to highlight the plight of the poor who earn meagre salaries and are struggling to make ends meet. The poor will always be with us and it is incumbent on everyone else to come to their aid, irrespective of their race or religion.

Poverty strips everyone of their dignity and right to a decent life. As Alexander Pope’s immortalised saying “hope springs eternal in the human breast” resonates in my mind, I want to end on a similar note.

I pray that Malaysians journey through this year as best as they can given the strength of human spirit which can rise to the occasion as and when necessary. Happy New Year.

I RETURNED from abroad last Saturday, landing at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in the wee hours of the morning. As three flights landed at almost the same time, the pedestrian lanes were busy with passenger traffic.

The joy of returning home was, however, marred by a number of things that could have been avoided if those in charge of the airport had done their job that day. The first hurdle was the fact that the escalator was out of service. I saw old men and women struggle with their hand luggage as they climbed the flight of steps with no one to help them.

Malaysia 2014

As we stood in line at the immigration checkpoint, the manual line seemed to move faster than the autogate when logic dictates that it should have been the other way around. We later found that only one gate had been opened for three plane loads of exhausted people.

The baggage carousel area was another disaster as hundreds of weary travelers tried to keep their cool as they tried to negotiate around a sea of trolleys. Clearly the place was not made for a large crowd. If anyone thought that this was the end of their woes, they were sorely mistaken.

The taxi line was overflowing with passengers, some with children, with nary a taxi in sight. The attendant on duty told me that this had been the case the whole day. I know that the LCCT is a no-frills area but please have a heart for those who use it. We are not second class travelers and deserve the same conveniences available at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Not that some of those landing there are not complaining either. A friend flew in the other day with an aged relative and was unable to find a single trolley. The other problem was that not one premier taxi was available.

I believe we have the infrastructure in place at our airports. It’s just that monitoring is below par. Let’s hope that Visit Malaysia Year 2014 will not be marred by these hiccups in an otherwise good system.

Balan Moses, theSun‘s executive editor (news), like many other Malaysians, feels for the poor, the underprivileged, the disabled and those barely keeping their nose above water. He wants to galvanize Malaysians to put their best foot forward to help the underclasses live decently with pride and dignity even as those blessed more in every respect do their bit for their lesser Malaysian cousins. Feedback: bmoses@thesundaily.com

Your Final 2013 Weekend Entertainment


December 28, 2013

Your Final 2013 Weekend Entertainment

Friends,

Din and Kam2This is the final weekend for 2013. We think it is appropriate to close our 2013 weekend entertainment session by bringing back some great ladies of song of a bygone era. Let us start with Joni James, followed by Doris Day. And then we bring on Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. You will probably agree with us these personalities, each in her inimitable style, have left an indelible mark on modern popular music and jazz.

Please have  a good New Year. Despite the tough times ahead, we all have the strength of character to withstand the pressures that can come with the rising cost of living.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Joni James

Doris Day

Rosemary Clooney

Ella Fitzgerald

Dinah Washington

Your Weekend Entertainment: Let’s Go Country


November 23, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment: Let’s Go Country

Kamsiah and Din2It is the weekend again. Dr. Kamsiah and I have chosen to play some country hits for you, our friends and associates. For this purpose, we shall start with Slim Whitman, the yodeling cowboy who is Din’s favorite country and western entertainer of the 1950s. He is followed by the great Johnny Cash who was dominant in country music in 1960s and 1970s. Rickey Van Shelton is next. Although less known in Malaysia, Ricky has a fabulous voice. Listen especially to his rendition of From a Jack to a King and you will know he is very popular in the US. 

Finally we bring on John Denver who passed on tragically in a plane crash some years ago. We dedicate Take Me Home, Country Roads to our very good friend, Ambassador John R. Malott and his dog, Max. We also take this opportunity to wish him and all our friends in the US happy Thanksgiving.  It is appropriate for that occasion for us to feature Placido Domingo and John Denver rendering Perhaps Love. Great weekend to all, wherever you may be at this time.–Dr.Kamsiah and Din Merican

Slim Whitman

Johnny Cash

Ricky Van Shelton

John Denver

Weekend Entertainment: The Fabulous Voices from Nusantara


November 16, 2013

Weekend Entertainment: The Fabulous Voices from Nusantara

Well, we are back with music for the weekend. HowKamsiah and Din quickly time flies as we pass September and are now midway in November, 2013. Dr Kamsiah and I feel the time is right for us to feature the fabulous voices from Nusantara. Appropriately, we start with Sheila Majid, the first Lady of Malaysian Jazz with her popular hits, one of which is a tribute to the incomparable P. Ramlee. Ruth Suhanaya follows with 3 songs that made her famous and popular in her country and Malaysia.

Din brings back his favourite Indonesian pop artist of the 1960s, Lilis  Suryani and dedicates Titiek Puspa’s Kupu Kupu Malam to Semper Fi who is in far away Los Angeles.  Relax and enjoy yourselves. We leave politics aside briefly.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Sheila Majid

Ruth Sahanaya

Lilis Suryana

Titiek Puspa sings Semper Fi’s Favorite

Extra–Billy Paul

Weekend Entertainment: Back t0 the Good Old Days


November 9, 2013

Weekend Entertainment: Back t0 the Good Old Days

Dr. Kamsiah and I feel that for this weekend’s DDM and DDKamsiahentertainment we should go back in time–to 1960s and 1970s–and feature the voices of Malaysian singers like Ahmad Daud Hashim, Zain Azman, Zainal Abu and Wan Salman. Let us not forget Johor born Dato Shake who found fame and fortune in Paris, France with his hit song, Tu sais je t’aime. We think it is also appropriate to feature Kembara and M.Nasir who made the pop charts in 1970s with their hit song, Express Rakyat.

May the tunes we present for listening pleasure bring back sweet memories of what used to be the simple life of the average Malaysian. Keep well. 2013 is nearing its end and we must now reflect on what 2014 will bring us.–Dr Kamsiah and Din Merican

Ahmad Daud Hashim

Zain Azman

Zainal Abu

Wan Salman

Dato Shake

Kembara and M. Nasir

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure


October 12, 2013

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure

It’s the weekend again. Dr Kamsiah and I have chosen to bring in two ddm and kghlegends of music, Paul McCartney and Barbara Streisand. We also present a tribute to George Harrison of The Beatles. Let us have a good weekend by listening to some wholesome music.

May the music lift up our spirits when conventional wisdom tells that this is not the time to relax given the state of our country, especially when we know that the same faces from UMNO will be re-elected at the party elections. Both Khairy Jamaluddin and Shahrizat A Jalil are UMNO Youth Leader and Wanita UMNO Chief respectively. We can be certain that Zahid Hamidi will be one of the Vice Presidents.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Paul McCartney at The White House

Barbara Streisand

In Honour of George Harrison