November 12, 2016
Russell Watson–Our Guest for your weekend entertainment
Will Donald keep his word? Like the Mexicans, we are not going to pay for it
Like it or not, Donald J. Trump is POTUS-Elect. Let us wish him well as he becomes the 45th President of the most powerful democracy. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican were rooting for Hillary Clinton who was by popular acclaim the most qualified politician ever to be elected successor to the popular Barrack Obama. It is not to be and that is destiny for you.
We were right since Hillary won the popular vote but she did not get the 270 electoral votes to take The White House. President-Elect Trump got more than 280 votes. As a result, he made history by becoming the first business person to become Commander-in-Chief. Put politics behind, let us enjoy Russell Watson and relax.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican.
Your Weekend Musical Guest–The Musical Compositions of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
Dr. Kamisiah Haider and Din Merican have chosen to play the musical compositions of the dearly departed, much respected and admired, and loved His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
For this weekend, we pay tribute to a multi-talented long serving His Majesty King of Thailand for his many contributions to socio-economic development of the country he loved very much. By listening to His Majesty’s compositions, we should not be surprised that His Majesty The King is regarded as the Soul of Thailand. His Majesty’s musical compositions reflect his love and passion for the Thai People.
His Majesty is not just a wise and compassionate King but also a pioneer agriculturalist, humanist-environmentalist, scientist and talented musician. Let us and all mourners in Thailand listen to His Majesty’s wonderful compositions that will be remembered and appreciated through the ages by us in ASEAN and around the world.
Once again we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the people and the government of Thailand, in particular to our Thai friends, associates and readers of Din Merican’s blog. We join you in your moments of grief of His Majesty’s passing. At the same time, let us celebrate His Majesty’s life and legacy through his music.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican
August 27, 2016
Here is Miss Peggy Lee with her sultry voice to entertain you all this weekend. It has been a demanding week for most of us and Merdeka Anniversary is just around the corner. But let us ask ourselves seriously, what is there to celebrate given the state of our politics today. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
August 7, 2016
Jazz at The Riverside, Phnom Penh
The weekend is almost over. But there is still time to relax with Tenor Saxophonist Stan Getz and Guitarist, Charlie Byrd. It is, in fact, not strictly over. At the Riverside, in the area near The Foreign Correspondents Club by the Tonle Sap, nocturnal activity is about to begin. May you all enjoy Brazillian Jazz samba by the two outstanding exponents of the Bossa Nova.
Let us note that in another place in some distant city, Rio de Jenario, Brazil, in another time zone, the 2016 Olympic Games is being held. Our Brazilian friends are to be congratulated by defying the odds to stage the Games amid difficult economic and trying political times in their country. From all counts, despite controversies over the doping scandal involving the Russian Olympic contingent the Games promises to be a great success.
Dr. Kamisah and Din Merican wish to pay tribute to Brazil and the Brazilians for their strength of character, resolve, and resilience in ensuring that the spectacle of 2016 is happening in Rio de Jenario this summer. You did not disappoint the world. In stead you showed the world that you as a people have the capacity and the political will to honour your commitments to the Olympic movement by staging the Games.--Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
July 30, 2015
Jazz Time in Phnom Time
It is the time of the week (Saturday) for us to get away from it all–the cares and woes, the hustle and bustle, the noise from angry voices, and politics– and just relax.
Phnom Penh is a unique city. There are plenty of places to go for a good meal with friends and enjoy the music. The FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) by the Riverside, for example, is a popular spot for the curious and adventurous. If you come to Phnom Penh, go there and listen to jazz, enjoy a great meal, and meet tourists, journalists, and the English speaking educated locals who frequent the FCC to sit back and relax.
So in that spirit, Dr. Kamsiah who is in Kuala Lumpur where she is attending her nephew’s marriage dinner at The Tropicana Golf Club and Din Merican who is blogging in Phnom Penh present The Dave Brubeck Quartet .
Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck and his colleagues (Paul Desmond on Alto, Joe Morello on Drums and Eugene Wright on Bass) need no introduction. Din is proud to say that David “Dave” Warren Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was äwarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music in May, 2010 for his contributions to American music and culture by his alma mater, The George Washington University. Listen to The Quartet and you know why Dr. Dave Brubeck deserved to be remembered.–Din Merican
June 26, 2016
Tribute to Frank Sinatra and His City: NEW YORK, the City that never sleeps
New York’s Son and Golden Voice–We miss you, Frank
Sunday in New York. And beautiful day. Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican send you and yours our warm greetings from this fabulous city and financial capital of the world. Both of us have been busy with our respective professional duties. Things have worked out well for us and we must admit that being in the Big Apple is always business like, rejuvenating (despite the jet lag) and fun.
What better way can we pay tribute and respects to this city and its people for their kindness and hospitality and honour the memory of its illustrious son than to feature Hoboken (New Jersey)-born Francis Albert Sinatra for your weekend entertainment. Thank You, New York.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican