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Seri Langkat – Jamal Abdillah & Amelina (Lyrics)

December 27, 2009

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Seri Langkat Kuala Tungkal, amboi                     Seri Langkat Kuala Tungkal, oh my Padi pulut enak rasanya, sayang                        Glutinous rice it’s so delicious, my love Kalaulah kail, kalaulah kail panjang sejengkal        If one’s fishing line, if one’s fishing line can only go so long Janganlah laut hendak diduga                             Don’t even think of challenging […]

Joget Tari Melenggang Lyrics

December 24, 2009

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This video features the song Joget Tari Lenggang (Swaying Dance Joget), also known as Joget Pahang, named after the state in Peninsula Malaysia famous for huge swathes of the oldest rainforest in the world (yes, we Malaysians and our never-ending quest for Guinness book glory). Joget is a popular dance tracing its roots back to […]

Dia Datang! (Here She Comes!) Lyrics

December 19, 2009

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In the second part of what I hope will be a continuing series featuring traditional Malay tunes, I’ve picked another ghazal song by the King of Gambus the late Fadzil Ahmad. Dia Datang, which literally translates into She Comes or She Arrives, is commonly played at Malay wedding receptions just as the bride and groom […]

Memikat Janda (Charming a Divorcee) lyrics

December 19, 2009

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I’ve always been fascinated by Malay folksongs, and the ghazal, a love-poem, is arguably one of the most spirited and uplifting of the various genres of Malay musical traditions. Borrowing from Middle Eastern and Persian influences, the ghazal is an auditory reminder of the strong cultural links between the Malay world and the Middle East […]

Still on the Obama bandwagon

December 16, 2009

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I would be the least likely person to support Barack Obama. Well, that’s an outright lie. I could think of several other persons less likely to support him – Republican fat cats nervous about paying more tax, Confederates of the Deep South still bearing (or inflicting) the scars of Segregation, the extremists living along the […]

The Malaysian Motto – Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu

December 12, 2009

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My previous diatribe on France (written with love, of course) where I segued into discussing the French national motto and its relevance on contemporary French society got me thinking about the Malaysian equivalent (I would’ve also pondered on the Australian motto but as far as I know Australia hasn’t got one). Truth be told I’ve […]

My Love-Hate Affair with France

December 10, 2009

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Visiting Paris as a teenager many blurry years ago, my first impression of the French was hardly positive. Arriving at the Gare du Nord from London’s St Pancras train station, we carried our luggage and tried our luck as one after another taxi driver shook their head, with lips pouted down, as they refused to […]