My father wrote this song before I was born. Naturally, I grew up listening to Othman Hamzah. I just had to do this one. It’s my most favourite of all time. After this song got some airplay on Singapore radio, I got a chance to duet this song with him. I was so star-struck. Did you know the word ‘beta’ was banned from use in pop culture for its royal affiliations? However, it simply means “me” in the Bugis language. The ban has since been lifted. 25 years later, I re-recorded the song with the help of my friend, Avex, in Melbourne.

Apa Salah Beta by Imran Ajmain

Download the song by clicking on the title of the song on the player above.

When I found out about the P.Ramlee project, I wanted badly to be a part of it. Altimet had gotten me onboard to sing the chorus on his joint for the compilation. Sadly, I couldn’t attend the gala concert. P.Ramlee’s music has always had a big influence on my music and my singing. I hope to be able to do justice for future covers. I recommended Haziq for the show to replace me as I am a big fan!!!! Get the ‘P.Ramlee: Satu Indiepretasi’ album at your nearest 7-11 stores in Malaysia.

Altimet & Imran Ajmain – Maafkan Kami by Imran Ajmain

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Tidak Seindah Bahasa by Imran Ajmain

I wrote a song called ‘Safety’ in the early 2000s. It was a time where I was really feeling traditional Javanese music. I was playing the flute and all, and had a collection. In tune with my first album’s heavy use of Malay idioms and similes, I translated (and extended) ‘Safety’ into ‘Tidak Seindah Bahasa’ (Not as Beautiful as the Language). To date, this is Alyph Sleeq’s most brilliant beat work on the FL Studio. He called himself ‘Magic Potions’ and I credited string arrangement as ‘Orkes Ajaib’ because his brains was working like an orchestra. At that time, he was barely 16. Naufal Gani recorded me, and Rauzan Rahman mixed the song. “Luka di tangan nampak berdarah, luka di hati siapa yang tahu”.

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The chorus of this song is based on the chords of P.Ramlee’s ‘Senjakala’ (used with permission). Rafikoncept had sampled the Bolshoi Orchestra’s version of it, and we had written the melody over it. I put up the na-na-na asking my fans on Facebook to help me write the entire song (what the hell was I wearing?), and we received over 300 entries in a week. Tough one to choose from but a winner emerged in the name of Faizal Maslan. I think I’m gonna do this again for my next album!

Tak Mungkin by Imran Ajmain

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Felt a bit like going to Tekong Island. Considering the ferry ride is only 5 minutes and you’re going somewhere where the grass is greener. Hah, kidding. Penguin Island is off the coast of Rockingham, 45 minutes south of Perth, Western Australia. It’s chilly but like I said before, surf’s up with the bikinis and sunblocks, everybody’s having a whale of a time here, like as if it was back in Asia.

I’ve shown you how pretty most of Perth is. Now you must check out Penguin Island. It is unbelievable how clearer the sky can get. I’ve particularly obsessed with the botany bits; the trees and the leaves are so unfamiliar. I shot them all like a scientist. If you live a crazy hectic life, this one’s better than a massage.

The island is not made up of penguins; it’s made up of seagulls actually. They put some cute little penguins in a sanctuary instead. You can pet some penguins, watch a sea lion and a dolphin show. Brilliant time for the kids, and also for yourselves. If you’re without kids in your group, you can go check out the limestone cliffs and caves at the sea-side.

I told you it’s beautiful. That’s my iPhone, with no filter/apps by the way.

Penguin Island Ferry
A 5 minute ferry ride is all it takes to meet the world’s smallest penguins! Visit the Discovery Centre to see the penguin feeding (daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm) or spend your day exploring spectacular bays & beaches perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Go fishing, surfing, enjoy a picnic or just soak up the relaxed island atmosphere of this A class nature reserve.


Includes
  • Unlimited return ferry transfers for the day
  • Optional entry to penguin feeding at the Discovery Centre (10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm)

Departs
  • Hourly: 9.00am and 3.00pm
  • Extra ferries may be scheduled on busy days
  • Operates Daily (Closed Dec 25th for Christmas)
  • Season: September 15, 2011- June 4, 2012

Return
  • Ferries depart Penguin Island at 10.10am, 11.10am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm and 4pm sharp.
  • Extra return ferries are scheduled as required on busy days

Tickets
  • Purchase from our shop on the day
  • See table below for current prices
  • Groups of 10 or more can book ahead

Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise (Glass Bottom Boat Cruise)
Enjoy a 45 minute glass bottom boat cruise through the wildlife sanctuary zone of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Get up close to the rugged natural beauty of these spectacular islands and learn about the local wildlife from our friendly skippers. The highlight is visiting Seal Island to watch rare Sea Lions at play before concluding on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding at the Discovery Centre.


Includes
  • Unlimited return ferry transfers for the day
  • 45 minute glass bottom boat cruise
  • Entry to penguin feeding at the Discovery Centre  (10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm)

Departs
  • 10.15am, 11.15am & 1.15pm from Penguin Island.
  • Please allow enough time to purchase tickets and catch your ferry transfer prior to your departure. (Weekends and public holidays allow 30 minutes)
  • Operates Daily (Closed Dec 25th for Christmas)
  • Season: September 15, 2011- June 4, 2012

Return
  • Ferries depart Penguin Island at 10.10am, 11.10am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm and 4pm sharp.
  • Extra return ferries are scheduled as required on busy days

Tickets
  • Purchase from our base on the day.
  • See table below for current prices
  • Groups of 10 or more can book ahead

If you’re going to be here all day, pack lunch ahead, there’s nothing but ham sandwiches at the nearby cafe. Drink a lot of water, as you will ALREADY be dry from the change in the weather. Read my previous post on Perth. When I get back to Perth, I’m coming back here! Rockingham rocks.

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When I saw this boy sang on TV9’s Idola Kecil, I imagined what it would have been like if I had been discovered as a singer earlier in life. I started singing at 17, yes, but my first album came out when I was 26. That’s a little late in pop years. One fonecall and he’s in the studio with me. In this song called ‘Perjalanan’, I sang with my signature Melayu lenggok three-four waltz ditty, but paired with extreme auto-tuning ala T-Pain. My character sings in past tense and Afiq sings in future tense as my young self. We meet in a mirror. The song is written by Azalea, whom I’ve been a big fan of ever since I heard her in Anuar Zain’s hits.

The video above, ironically, is of the boy singing my father’s composition, ‘Terharu’.

Perjalanan by Imran Ajmain

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Happy Birthday Mak! That’s me & my mother in 1982! She turns 61 today.

I have a been a big fan of remixes. Always believed it was an extension of the song’s promotions. Got excited to hear Texas, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Diddy, Usher put out remixes when I was listening to them before I made my own music. Now I put out my own! Hee. Enjoy this one.

06 Jika Engkau Pergi – Imran Ajmain (Rafikoncept Remix) by Imran Ajmain

Download it by clicking the song title in this Soundcloud player.

I had never intended to release this song but it got out online, and went on to become No.1 in Brunei. So awesome. It’s the only English song I’ve recorded in both my two albums. Can’t wait to do more. I sang the melody to Zul Mystroe at a bus-stop in 2006 and finished it on the way home! We did a lower-key version with Alyph Sleeq, then I brought it up a few notches (and shorter edit) with Amir Rain Masoh. I love both still.

Compromise by Imran Ajmain

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Malu – Imran Ajmain & Cheryl Samad by Imran Ajmain

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I’ve only been to Sydney and that was 9 years ago. I can’t remember much of the weather and how it felt as I was there one moment and I left the next. But this, right here, in Perth, you can smell the sea in the breeze. The way the sun shines on the trees and make its green leaves turn gold in the light and the sand that whirls into a mini-cyclone right before your eyes and disappears before you can react is something you can’t easily forget. Even the seagulls want to make an impression.

We didn’t go to the city centre as all of our businesses were either at the universities, the suburbs or well, the beach(es). We had moved to a nice home-stay at Tuart Hill amongst Malay families who have moved there. Just a stone’s throw away was an Iranian joint offering sheesha and kebabs til late. I couldn’t stand the kebabs any longer. Take me back to Freo for the mussles or give me rice. Halal food is widely available, don’t get me wrong. But most retailers, shops and cafes retire by sundown, so dinner is early; something most of us were unprepared for especially since we had to do some offline editing throughout the night. So if you’re here, and don’t intend to sit down for dinner at 6ish, 7ish, then better buy take-away. Kebab pun kebab lah!

There is this wonderful squarish town called Subiaco. The locals call it Subi. Vintage book stores, coffee houses, pre-loved clothing galore. We missed the market which I imagine to be a flea-market circus kind of affair. It opens only Fridays through the weekend. Didn’t have time to go back there though. Would have been grand.

Although it is chilly, and can be rather cold this time of year, if you can go without wearing warm(er) clothes, you probably will still suffer the case of the chapped lips. The quality of water, the quality of the air, the temperature, the humidity and the kind of plants they have is all different. This adds up to the regular Asian tourist like me having dry lips, peeling cheeks, and superdry hands and arms. After a few days of adjustment you will be fine lah, stop complaining. But do watch out for your young ones as this change will be very unfamiliar to them.

A very touristy thing to do would be to visit the museums, chocolate factory, honey factory, botanical gardens, and yes, watch a movie. Got to catch The Hunger Games with the crew, and it was nice how everybody, strangers mind you, reminded each other to shut up.  Wait, did someone say Chocolate Factory? There’s one on Fremantle and also the famous Margaret River Chocolate Factory. They even shaped the entrance to look like a chocolate bar! (Sorry, no pictures!) That, you must go.

This trip have been amazing so far. Can’t wait to show you the beaches. Went to a few, and yes, Penguin Island off Rockingham. Penguins! Til next time. Check them out on my Instagram for now. Username: imranajmain

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One time a friend hurt me so bad, and I had no guts to say it out so I wrote it in a song. Guess who?

Written by Imran Ajmain
Composed by Imran Ajmain / Alif Abdullah
Arranged by Rafikoncept
Guitars by Ujang
Produced by Imran Ajmain

Taken off “Punca Dan Tindakan” (2009)
Alibi Music (Malaysia) / Gumbira (Singapore)
Published by Purplenotez Publishing (MACP) / Bedsty Bedrock Publishing (COMPASS)

Download it here.

 

Taurus (Penawar Rindu) ft Altimet & Dayang Nurfaizah by Imran Ajmain

When I heard Dayang recorded her Kasih album, it featured ‘Penawar Rindu’, a favourite classic of mine. I’ve always wanted to remix that song, all my life, for as long as I’ve known it. Here comes Avex and his magic toolbox. It was the best thing ever; we did it in matter of hours, not even days. I got to perform it with Dia Fadilla for a Raya show on Singapore TV (What the heck was I wearing?). You may download it here.

The Northbound boys appeard on Hafeez Glamor’s GoGlam and sang this song of mine on-air. They also previewed “November Itu” a song I produced, can’t wait to let ya’ll hear it. In the meantime, check this one out.

Radio – Imran Ajmain featuring Diana Danielle & Nabil by Imran Ajmain

I got to perform twice with Diana, and twice with Nabil, but never as a trio. This was the most fun record I’ve made up to date. It features the Mambo No.5/Pon De Replay vibe that I originally went for, the Headwind song from the 80’s and features two non-singers actually SINGING; three in one! In case you didn’t know this already, the back-up vocals in the song feature my talented friends from the group Infinatez from GangStarz a few years back. You may download the track here.