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Tu(r)ning Classics - Song Lyrics in Malay Films of the 50s and 60s

Presented by The Arts House



Tu(r)ning Classics is a performance-based forum showcases a selection of beautiful lyrics of songs from popular Malay movies such as Gurindam Jiwa (1965), Lanchang Kuning (1962), Hang Tuah (1956). The politics of this period are captured in both the lyrics and music, which interlock and reflect the cultural nuances of the time. This forum aims to highlight the importance of understanding and appreciating the contexts of the lyrics when listening to songs. This programme features Dr. Azhar Ibrahim, Aidli Mosbit, Sanif Olek, and Aqmal and will be presented predominantly in Malay (English references and explanations will be added at appropriate points).

About Aqmal N.

Winning the Mediacorp Anugerah in 2004 paved Aqmal N.’s way into the Malay media industry. He also won Mediacorp Radio’s Projek Rentak 2010 for Best Lyrics and Best Song awards. A singer and poet, his works have been compiled in publications by ASAS ‘50 and multilingual anthologies such as Love@The Gallery. He has also published a collection of poetry titled Dumpra. His latest work as lyricist and co-composer with the band Adnalie, has been nominated for Most Popular Song (Singapore) in Anugerah Planet Muzik 2017 organised by Mediacorp Ria 89.7 and Warna 94.2.

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