21 May 2007
Malay Pop Yeh Yeh
On a recent trip to Malaysia, I found several cd compilations of original 1960s Malay pop recordings. A few looked obviously non-official (tacky cover illustrations) but I picked up a couple of label-sanctioned 'digitally remastered' ones as well. I couldn't resist buying one bootleg cd, for the sake of some tracks not available elsewhere, and found the quality comparable to the legit ones. It was amazing to find such a wide selection of 1960s compilation cds there, because it's a different situation here in Singapore, where local 1960s cd comps are few and far between. So the only way to hear long-forgotten tunes would be to go out and collect vinyl records, or tune in to Gold 90.5 on Sundays with Brian Richmond. Ok that's enough bitterness for one post!
My next 3 posts will feature tracks from Malaysia's pop scene of the 1960s.
"In the 1960s, western-influenced Pop Yeh-yeh musicians came to the forefront. The Pop Yeh-yeh genre was popular in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei in the 1960s. Pop Yeh-yeh ruled the Malay music scene from 1965 to 1971. The music and fashion of The Beatles and other British rock and roll bands during the 1960s were a strong influence of the pop yeh-yeh bands and also generally influenced the Malay music industry of that period. The first local song in the Pop Yeh-yeh vein was a song called "Suzanna", sung by M Osman in 1964." Taken from this incredibly informative Wiki page on Malaysian music history.
M. Osman - Suzanna
Another article on Malaysian music, here.
Two of the cd comps I bought are listed here: "Pujaan Pop Yeh Yeh 60'an Vol 1 & 2".