Last Saturday, I was in Singapore to have my key taken by the one and only Pak Ngah for the concert to be held at the Esplanade on the 1st of January next year. The concert is to honour songs written by Cikgu Yusnor Ef. In a night of 26 songs, selected out of Cikgu’s 400 song catalogue, I will be singing 5 songs! Get your tickets from Sistic. (Pictures by Deanna)
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I have been selected to perform alongside some contemporaries namely Sezairi, Zaibaktian, Maya Rahman and some legends such as Rahimah Rahim, Sanisah Huri, J Mizan. It will be my first time under the musical directorship of renown traditional Malay music maestro, Pak Ngah. We will be singing songs written by Cikgu Yusnor Ef, in an evening tribute to him! Get your tickets.
It is my first time meeting singer, songwriter and writer, Dewi Lestari, and our chance meeting could have only happened because I took up the invitation speak at the Singapore Writers Festival’s Malay leg. I have listened to her songs, read 1 of her books which I had bought in Jakarta in 2008, and have watched one of the movies that she wrote, ‘Perahu Kertas’. But only upon having sat next to her, and listen to her speak about her craft, that I knew I’m a true fan. She spoke of her poetic influences and I wasn’t the least bit shy to admit the lack of appreciation towards poetry and spoken word in Singapore. When asked by the moderator, Oniatta Affendi, could music be a distraction when lyrics are poetry in itself; I said this – “On Indonesian television, on Hari Raya, on their Independence Day, at concerts, it is not unfamiliar to have a poetry recital on stage, true?” Dee, as she affectionately calls herself, nods. Afterwards, a kind soul in the audience asked if one requires to be powerful in the Malay language to be able to write lyrics, or can anyone with a flair for words get away with writing songs? I say, kind soul, because I was so confident to answer it as though she came purely to pick my brains.
I replied, “In Singapore, the artiste and the creative individual, be it, songwriter, composer, or arranger, is not identified as different people. It is known to all as one person. Therefore, it is the singer of the song who is seen as creative if the song enlightens you, artistic if the song touches you exactly where it intended to, and automatically too, the artiste is blamed for any errors in language. If the artiste is the songwriter is the composer is the storyteller, the flag that he bears is one that is carefully stitched, and any mistake you hear in the song is not intended. (Going off topic but remained cool to not look awkward, exhale!) Yes, you need to speak well, in order to write (a song) well.”
Dewi was asked if songwriting can be forced. She said “There are some producers who can sit down in the studio, on the piano and work on 2 songs a day, churning out hits for random artistes everytime they come and challenge them with an offer. But I can’t do that. It comes to me, at those unknowing, special times, in the shower, when I’m alone, and a line comes with its melody strikes me, like a lightning!” She took the words right out of my mouth, and there I was, with my mouth wide open, so amazed at her choice of words. Like a strike of lightning, too, I was made to understand this vast unexplored world of Malay-language literature in this short 1 hour forum about “effective songwriting through the decades” from Cikgu Yusnor Ef’s catalogue of 400 since 1947, and Dewi’s 2 song per year repertoire. It made me feel small and humble. At the closing, I sang lines from my own favourite song, “Hanya Menari”, and later in the day, Dewi had tweeted her fondness for my lyrics. The feeling is magical. Is that how some fans feel when I tweet to them? Heh.
Only because I read as a child, as a teenager, as a young man, that I know all the things I today and I write the way I do. Thanks for the inspiration, Dee!
Thank you to Firda, National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Writers Festival for having me!
Waxing Lyrical across the Generations (Menggarap Seni Kata yang Tahan Berzaman)
What is the linkage between song lyrics and poetry? Discover the rich connections and imaginative possibilities of these two different forms in the Malay cultural landscape.
This session is in Malay.
Moderated by: Oniatta Effendi
Featuring: Dewi Lestari, Imran Ajmain, Yusnor Ef
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 60 mins
Seminar Room, National Museum of Singapore.
For more details about the festival and ticketing, please visit: http://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/
PetroSains Science Festival will be hosting a Social Media Forum on the 23rd October 2013 at 3pm and it’s for everyone so check the details at www.sciencefestival.my, book your tickets by calling 03-2331 8181 or pre-register http://sciencefestival.my/whats-in/pre-registration.
Imran Ajmain will be joined by Celebrity Chef Nik Michael Imran and other celebrities to discuss “Building your brand on social media”.
More details at: www.sciencefestival.my
As a follow up to the inaugural Music Matters Academy which ran as a 3-day project for Singaporean artists at Music Matters 2013, HOUSE PARTY is set to take place on 5th October 2013, at the Aliwal Arts Centre (home of SGMUSO). Featuring a stellar line-up of over 20 homegrown acts who have benefitted from the SGMUSO - Music Matters Academy initiative, important panel discussions/workshops as well as the exclusive screening of two local documentaries, HOUSE PARTY is jammed packed with activities in the span of a day!
At 2pm, there will be a talk “Honing your artistic vision” where musicians share their own unique vision and approach to their craft and how they feel their work contribute to Singapore society at large.
- Panelists include:
- Vanessa Fernandez (Vandetta)
- Kevin Lester (The LionCity Boy)
- Budi (Wicked Aura)
- Imran Ajmain
For more information, please visit SGMUSO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgmuso
Imran appears at Jamiyah’s Exemplary Mother’s Award this Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore at 2pm. Appearing alongside are host/radio announcer, A B Shaik, Mubeen Sa’adat, Elson Soh and The Final 1 champion, Farisha Ishak. Tickets are at SGD80 and more information available on the artwork above.
Imran Ajmain will be appearing alongside Maiya Rahman, Aliff Aziz, Suhaimi Yusof and veteran singer, Halik Cik for Manja Magazine’s Mother’s Day Special on the 27th April 2013 at Rendezvous Hotel. Tickets are going at $150 per adult or $180 for 4 adults.
For more information, get a copy of Manja Magazine April 2013 edition.
Dua M-produced ‘Nama Saya Kassim Selamat’ won Best Children’s Programme at the 12th Pesta Perdana Awards organized by MediaCorp Suria. The theme song was produced by Imran Ajmain and Rauzan Rahman. The theme song was a play on P.Ramlee’s “Itulah Sayang”.
You may watch all episodes of ‘Nama Saya Kassim Selamat’ HERE on XINMSN
Here is how the theme song sounds like : CLICK HERE
Congratulations to Dua M!
Imran recently performed for Jelajah Transformasi at the Kuala Terengganu edition of the tour. He appeared live on-air on TerengganuFM and sang two songs “Jika Engkau Pergi” and “Dikalung Kasihan”.
For more pictures, click on the picture above or click HERE.
The Malaysia Social Media Week (MSMW) is a yearly national event created to bridge people of all divides together as we move towards a digitized era. With social media, different landscapes have changed so much and it is important that YOU know how to utilize it for your own benefit, whether you are a youth, adult, businessman, corporate etc.
Date: 28th February 2013
Time: 11:15 am
Venue: Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Times Square
Panel Session: Session 7
Title: Celebrities and Fans engagement, breaking the glamour gap
Join MSMW by liking the FB Page and following on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/
Imran’s recent appearance at TPJC has caused some of the audience’s Instagram and Twitter accounts to get quite busy. All the pictures that were hashtagged #LinguaFranca during the time of the event have been collated and uploaded to a Facebook photo album. You may view it HERE.
Do tag yourself and your friends if you spot them there!
Special thanks to Zulkarnain Zainal, Akeem Mario, Nani Ilyani, Manal & Azlinah.
Singaporean-born singer/songwriter returns from his base in Kuala Lumpur to teach? True or false? Sort of, true and false. Imran Ajmain appears at Tampines Junior College tomorrow on the 6th February 2013 in an event called #LinguaFranca to celebrate the Malay language in music in a one-off such event at the institution.
Imran has always had a keen eye on the Malay language which led him to be Singapore’s Bulan Bahasa ambassador twice over, once in 2006 and also during the last campaign organised by the local language council. And this time, he is bringing his goods over to the junior college to share a little of how the language brought him this far and what he thinks we could do to help preserve it, in an environment where most young Malay folk choose to speak in English.
The title of the event has a Twitter hashtag to encourage the audience to interact with him via his social media networks, largely unheard of in our waters where it is usually considered impolite to do so. Imran insists its the only way to go as this would help the introverts and shy cats speak up. “When they’ve learnt to speak up, then we talk about correcting the use of the language”.
He will be singing in this part talk part musical performance event organised by Tampines Junior College itself, supported by Impact Entertainment Group and Sungguh.com
Open to TPJC students and limited seats for outsiders. 3pm. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org