Malam Terang Bulan

Music, Classical and opera
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Malam Terang Bulan

‘Negaraku’, a prevailing, powerful expression of patriotism. How strange, then, that so little is known of the origins of this significant song – was it adapted from a popular French melody, and who wrote the words to the national anthem? Before its (re)birth as ‘Negaraku’, it was Perak’s state anthem, which itself is said to be adapted from ‘Terang Bulan’, an Indonesian folk love song frequently played at bars and cabarets in ’20s Malaya. Directed by composer and music historian Saidah Rastam, ‘Malam Terang Bulan’ celebrates the creation of ‘Negaraku’, along with music from pre-independence Malaya. Expect choice cuts by Alfonso Soliano, P Ramlee and R Azmi among others, as well as tunes from the early days of Radio Malaya and the golden era of Malay films.

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