31-year-old Rudy Djoharnaen was the winner of Singapore’s Malay talent show Anugerah in 1999. He has since established himself as a keroncong singer on the Singaporean arts scene, bringing to the musical form elements of jazz and bossanova. In this video, he covers Indonesian musician Titiek Puspa's Esok Malam Kau Ku Jelang.

He will be welcoming the new year with a keroncong performance at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore, sharing the concert hall with keroncong performers like Hetty Koes Endang and Sundari Soekotjo (Indonesia), and Yusni Hamid and Julie Sudiro (Malaysia), as well as Indonesia’s Jamaica Café a cappella ensemble and an orchestra led by Amri Amin of Orkestra Melayu Singapura.

Keroncong is a folk musical style hailing from Indonesia, combining Western instruments like the flute, violin, guitar and cello with the Hawai’ian ukulele. It emerged in the 16th century, when the colonial Dutch freed Portuguese slaves in Kampung Tugu. These Mardijkers (freedmen) introduced to Indonesia the guitar-like cavaquinho, a precursor to the modern instruments used today. Fusion genres of keroncong include pop keroncong and keroncong dangdut; songs today are commonly sung in Malay and performed in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

(Source: rudydjoharnaen.blogspot.com)

What Do You See? by Electrico, composed for Singapore’s 44th National Day in 2009.


I was feeling REALLY BORED and so I went through TariqK’s archives for a specific post. So I could dig up this video, which is Inul Daratista’s “Goyang Inul” complete with lyrics and translation!

Para penonton / Hey, audience
Bapak-bapak, ibu-ibu / gents and ladies
Semuanya, jangan heran / don’t be surprised
Kalau Inul sedang goyang / when Inul shakes [her booty]
Rada panas agak seksi / everyone gets hot and bothered
Maafkanlah… / Please forgive me!

Para penonton / Hey, audience
Bapak-bapak, ibu-ibu / gents and ladies
Semua yang ada di sini / everyone here
Ada yang bilang dangdut tak goyang / some think that dangdut without the booty-shaking
Bagai sayur tanpa garam / it’s like vegetables without salt
Kurang enak kurang sedap / not as yummy, not as good

Dari itu Inul goyang / so I shake
Agar semuanya senang / so that everyone’s happy
Bagi yang kurang berkenan melihat Inul / but if you don’t like looking at Inul
Bergoyang… / shaking
Jangan marah / don’t be hatin’!
Maafkanlah… / Please forgive.

Para penonton / Hey, audience
Bapak-bapak, ibu-ibu / gents and ladies
Semua yang ada di sini / everyone here
Goyang yuu… akh… / shake it! ah!

Seribu satu macam problema / a thousand and one problems
Sejenak kita lupakan saja / immediately are forgotten
Lihatlah goyang Inul / look at my booty-shaking!
Semoga terhibur… sayang… / hope you are entertained, darlings

Bagi yang sedang putus bercinta / for the broken-hearted
Jangan sedih jangan berduka / don’t be sad! don’t despair!
Goyang Inul obatnya / My booty-shaking’s the cure
Mari kita gembira…sayang.. / be happy, darlings!

Tapi janganlah lupa / but don’t forget
Sambil kita berdoa / while we pray
Agar kita semua sehat sentosa / for our well-being

Bapak bapak, ibu ibu / gents and ladies 
maafin Inul ya / forgive Inul, yeah!
Udah dulu ah…. / I gotta go!

Thanks, Tariq, you’re awesome for doing this.

The Magnificat (Ang Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri) performed a capella by the Hangad Music Ministry, a lay Jesuit ministry in the Philippines.

He lived—if you could call it that—two streets off
Boat Quay north. Tranquil as leaves left in a tea cup.
Always alone but never lonely. The daily bustle
Of barge and coolie ferrying rubber, rice and spice,
All energy and profit, for towkays and Guthrie’s,
Slipped past without ripple or sound or promise.

Edwin Thumboo reads his poem "Uncle Never Knew" at the President’s Command Performance 2009 at the Esplanade Theatre, accompanied by the Arts Sphere Chinese Chamber Ensemble (新加坡鼎艺室内乐团)。

Zee Avi is a Malaysian songstress from Miri, Sarawak. This song, “Siboh Kitak Nangis (Don’t You Cry)”, appears on her latest album, Ghostbird. It is sung in Sarawak Malay, her native dialect.


Classic Khmer song from Sinn Sisamouth & Ros Sereysothea.

Song: Svaiy Muy Maek

Sinn Sisamouth was a famous and highly prolific Cambodian singer-songwriter in the 1950s to the 1970s. Widely considered the “King of Khmer music”, Sisamouth, along with Ros Sereysothea, Pan Ron, and other artists, was part of a thriving pop music scene in Phnom Penh that blended elements of Khmer traditional music with the sounds of rhythm and blues and rock and roll to make a Westernized sound akin to psychedelic or garage rock. Sisamouth is believed to have been killed under the Khmer Rouge regime.

(via Wikipedia)

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