- The origins of the song 'Mak Itti Mak Illa'.
- Treasured Photos
- The 1st band from Singapore to be flown out on a jet plan for a concert in Kuala Lumpur
- 'La-a-Obē' on the German airwaves? Can this be verified?
- All this ... and much more hidden treasures that has to wait ... as I brush up some grammatical errors.
Friday, July 29, 2011
More than 50 years later
More than 50 years later - with 9 EP which excludes those that were not sung by Kassim Slamat - with at least 3 songs that hit the Singles Charts - several other EP that were recorded together with singers like Rafeah Buang, Ahmad Jais and Ahmad Daud. After all that has been written in regard to my limited perspective of the Singapore music scene of the 60s, (Born in 78 I was) The Swallows were destined for doom - an industry that has failed to see a resurrection in its music & film industry which was once-touted as the Hollywood of the East. Kassim Slamat & The Swallows will be remembered by some as a bunch of humble and talented kampong boys who did fairly well in the fledgling youth scene of downtown Singapore. (The music industry in Singapore never took flight again). Not too bad for a bunch of kampong lads who stood out without any formal music training to begin with. As a testament to this, The Swallows most popular number entitled 'La-a-Obē' as it was originally registered is still enjoyed by a new generation of fans that are singing to its tunes on popular video sites.
To be continued ...
Posted by Erwin at 3:13 PM