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
June 28, 2014
Your Weekend Entertainment : We wish to remember Matt Monroe
Matt 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 his 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
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
June 1, 2014
Songs for the Weekend
Last 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
The Everly Brothers
May 18, 2014
The Question I ask myself: Where does the Time Go?
The 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
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.
Dr Kamsiah and Din Merican
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
Extra- KRU and P. Ramlee-Getaran Jiwa
Repeat Performance–Katrina Dahari
December 28, 2013
Your Final 2013 Weekend Entertainment
This 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
November 23, 2013
Your Weekend Entertainment: Let’s Go Country
It 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
Ricky Van Shelton
November 16, 2013
Weekend Entertainment: The Fabulous Voices from Nusantara
Well, we are back with music for the weekend. How 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
Titiek Puspa sings Semper Fi’s Favorite
November 9, 2013
Weekend Entertainment: Back t0 the Good Old Days
Dr. Kamsiah and I feel that for this weekend’s entertainment 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
Kembara and M. Nasir
October 12, 2013
For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure
It’s the weekend again. Dr Kamsiah and I have chosen to bring in two legends 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
In Honour of George Harrison
October 5, 2013
Your Entertainment for the Weekend
We start this weekend’s musical entertainment with Tony Bennett, the man with a golden voice. He was recently in Kuala Lumpur where he performed for his Malaysian fans. Unfortunately, we were not at this sold out concert to listen to Tony live.
After Mr. Bennett, we feature the King of Rock N Roll, Elvis Presley, with some his familiar songs. Both Elvis Presley and Johnny Mathis are featured here from the first time and we hope their songs can bring back fond memories of those times when our hearts were young and gay. Earl Grant who is an organist and pianist with a great voice sings three songs that have been identified with him. Enjoy yourself and relax. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
October 6, 2013
We thought of Ahmad Daud and Zain Azman. Semper Fi remembers them just as much as Din does.
–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
September 29, 2013
Ah, Sunday is upon us again. Before Dr. Kamsiah and I get carried with political developments in Malaysia and around the world, let us take a break to listen to some great entertainers of our time. We would like to bring to you some of our favorites who are no longer with us but they have individually and collectively left their footprints in the sands of time through their voices and music.
Here Dr. Kamsiah and I are talking about Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Samy Davies Jr. So let us get started with Din’s favourite signature tune by Mr. Crosby title What Life is all about. It reminds him of his dream ride on the kerbau with friends into Neverland. Great weekend to all of you and thanks for supporting this blog with your comments.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
Samy Davies Jr
September 22, 2013
Your Weekend Entertainment: Featuring Nat and Natalie Cole
For this sabbath morning, we feature Nat King Cole and his lovely daughter, Natalie Cole. You can note that Natalie has the talent of her late father (dec. 1965) and more. Also please listen to our special guest Billy Paul’s rendition of Me and Mrs. Jones So let us start the music as the show must go on, despite the dirty politics we witness everyday here in Malaysia.
Expect more in the coming month since UMNO goons will be in town in their suits and blazers with laptops, state of the art handphones and generous pocket money from candidates for elected posts. They will be at the UMNO General Assembly, Putra World Trade Center,Kuala Lumpur. While they will be backstabbing one another and shouting ultra Malay nationalist sentiments, they are doing multimillion ringgit deals with gullible Chinese businessmen. It is very comical to see this Malay sandiwara and wang kulit (see pic below). All the best.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
Nat King Cole
Billy Paul–Me and Mrs Jones
September 14, 2013
Let us have some entertainment this weekend
Dr.Kamsiah and I have not been in the right frame of mind for many weeks because of what is happening to our country. Our politics sucks, but nothing is more ridiculous than the conduct of our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad at the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Project IC hearings a few days ago.
Mahathir lied and lied; he was in contempt and then he went on to insult our intelligence with his cynicism. Yet no one at the RCI including the Commissioners dared to warn him that he was under oath to tell the truth, nothing but the truth. Sad indeed. But because of persistent requests to resume my DJ role, I have chosen some tunes for you. I am unable to consult my better half.
Dr. Kamsiah is away in Lisbon, Portugal and will be very shortly will be taking the plane on the way home after attending an intensive course at the Palo Clinic for the last week. I will be reunited with her tomorrow when she arrives at KLIA at 15.00 hrs.
Let us start with one of my favourite tunes, the one from Vince Hill. I also feature Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley and Perry Como and Joni James. Please have a great weekend. –Din Merican
June 23, 2013
Waldorf-Astoria, New York City
Entertainment from New York
Gee whiz, this 12 hour time difference between New York and our favorite city Kuala Lumpur is very disorientating. Thinking it is still Saturday when in fact it is 2.00 am on the sabbath here in Big Apply while your time in Kuala Lumpur is 2.00 p.m. Sorry for missing a bit. Mr. Bean is not around. He will appear on this blog when we are off to Washington DC. So we will miss meeting an old Alor Setar friend.
Dr Kamsiah and I dedicate this week’s choice of melodies to all Malaysians who are still camping at Padang Merbok. Keep well. We admire your determination to further the cause of Malaysian democracy. We support the demand for electoral reform and the resignation of the two goons at the Election Commission, Aziz and Wan, for treachery to our country and making a mockery of our democratic rights. But there is only one advice we offer you.
Please keep the place clean so that the authorities (DBKL) will not have grounds to deny you the use of public places for peaceful purposes in future. Never give the authorities the pretext to hit back at you. That calls for patience, consideration and discipline.
We open this weekend session with a tribute to you, our fellow citizens camping at Padang Merbok at this time by the Scorpions. Keep your spirits up. Change is hard to come by but it will come. We need to keep our democracy alive and well so that we can rebuild our beloved country into a model of freedom, justice and unity amidst diversity in ASEAN.
For now enjoy Alicia Keyes, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson and Barry Manilow. Since we are in New York, it will not be complete if we failed to present New York’s favourite son, the Hoboken born Frank Sinatra.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
June 15, 2013
Your Weekend Entertainment
Dr Kamsiah and I will be leaving for the Big Apple in a few days’ time; after that we will proceed to Washington DC. While New York, we hope we can meet Mr. Bean and renew our friendship. Being in DC will be particularly special to me since I will be taking Dr. Kamsiah to the US capital to where I was educated in 1968-1970.
The DC trip will be my first since I left this lovely city more than four decades ago. We will be visiting The George Washington University and The George Washington School of Business and meeting friends.
For this weekend entertainment, we kick off with a tribute to New York. Billy Joel’s hit is particularly poignant. After that tribute, we present for your listening pleasure unforgettable ladies of jazz from a bygone era. Listen to Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney. May our choices please you.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
New York, Here We come