Travel and Research to Produce CD Compilation of Malaysian 1960s-1970s "Pop Yeh Yeh"
Submitted by: Carl M. Hamm, a.k.a. DJ Carlito (http://turquoisekid.blogspot.com) , multimedia specialist, local and international (via internet) radio DJ / broadcaster and member of WRIR/VCPP Board of Directors ( http://www.wrir.org ) Overarching Project Goal: To create a compilation CD that will re-release hits by dozens of vintage Malaysian Pop (a.k.a. Pop Yeh Yeh) artists of the 1960s and ’70s. The music of Malaysia has been widely overlooked compared to music from many other countries and continents, including other parts of Southeast Asia. Though it currently lacks global accessibility, the magnetic & vibrant energy of this music guarantees its potential for wide popularity among 21st-century listeners. In the new compilation, these songs will be digitally re-mastered from old 45 rpm records issued by now-defunct independent labels which have been personally collected and catalogued over the past 10 years. This compilation is to be released on the Sublime Frequencies record label (http://www.sublimefrequencies.com) Immediate Funding Goal: By June 1, 2010: Secure $3500 in funds to cover cost of travel (20+ hour flight) from Richmond, Virginia, to Singapore, Johor, and Kuala Lumpur in July 2010, and incidental costs of staying there and doing research and video work (including rental of professional video camera) Travel Objectives July 1 to July 17, 2010: • Singapore, July 2: meet with an influential intermediary (who shall currently remain unnamed) in Singapore who has offered to introduce me to some of the artists to be featured on the CD. • Contact Malaysian and Singapore artists societies and Cultural Ministries regarding local licensing procedures • Meet personally with as many of the original recording artists-musicians as possible. I have already contacted some of them directly, and they have agreed to meet with me. • Record video interviews with these older artists as they recall their experiences as well-known artists of the region in their prime. [This footage would later be used in a possible future video documentary.] • Obtain each artist’s written permission and licensing agreement to re-issue their work via the proposed compilation CD to the global market and to use their interviews in future broadcasts or DVDs. • Meet with the Malaysian music experts, collectors, and authors of publications documenting the era - including Joseph Pereira, author of "Legends of the Golden Venus," a book about the Singapore 60s pop scene.
This research trip has been a dream of mine for several years. I have recently been very lucky to make a few very important contacts over the internet in my quest for information about these artists. I now have addresses and phone numbers of several prominent artists and music promoters from that era. It is a miracle i found these people.. so I need to go meet them now while i've got their attention.
None of this important work can be done unless i go meet them. Now is the perfect time to make all of this happen. And I can only get there with your help!
Some of the artists I'm hoping to meet -- (already have several people who say the know where some of these artists are now) -- of course, finding ANY of them would be wonderful - thats why i have a very long list:
Zaleha Hamid (also, her sister Siti Khatijah?) Rahman Mohd Betty Ismail Hasnah Haron M Ishak Salamiah Hassan Sharifah Aini Rahimah Rahim Salim I (deceased?) Norazizah Kamal Ariffin The Beats J Bahru Hornets, Orchid Abdullah Swallows, Abbe Abdullah Christopher Kerry and the Peaks (serawak) Jefridin of the Siglap Five , Rahman Hassan of the Orkes Nirvana , M Osman (w Les Fentones / Clans etc) L. Ramlee , J. Kamisah , Sanisah Huri, Zam Zam, S Roha S Mariam A Rahman Onn, Rahimah Rahim, Adnan Othman (--- found him! have contact info!) Fabians boys and Halipah, Ramlah Aziz, M Ishak, Siti Zaiton, Halim Yati (deceased?) , Rajah Ahmad, Mahani and Zahren, Mariah Bachok, Jah Murniwati, and Noor Hamzah.
CARL M HAMM Brief Curriculum Vitae B.A. degree in Electronic Media Production, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Double Minor in Music Industry and Music Performance (classical guitar).
Current position: Multimedia Specialist Provides expert advice and guidance in state-of-the-art multimedia services and equipment at a local university law school. Produced and directed widely popular video pieces for use on the school's website. Digitization and restoration of silent "found" film footage from the 60s and 70s on super 8 and 8mm, and creation of soundtracks for these film excerpts (Tunisia, Jamaica, Romania, Bulgaria, Trinidad, Madagasgar, Guadeloupe). see these here: http://www.youtube.com/djcarlito Several years of poster design experience for local Bollywood Night dance nights and other Dj gigs. Weekly radio broadcasts, "If Music Could Talk," on independent radio station WRIR http://www.wrir.org in Richmond, Virginia on Sundays at 7pm EST. In my program, I regularly produce interviews with internationally known artists such as Aterciopelados, Fussible of Nortec Collective, Dengue Fever, Nana Kwame Ampadu I and the African Brothers International Band of Ghana, many classic reggae and dancehall artists (Lone Ranger, Dennis Alcapone, Lady Ann, Carlton Livingston, Eek A Mouse, etc), and many other popular artists.
Public DJ Gigs at popular venues, including: Cous Cous, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Café Gutenberg, Balliceaux, Heritage Lounge (DC), Rock and Roll Hotel (DC). Private DJ engagements (weddings and company parties) in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia (usually hired for my well regarded niche playing Bollywood / Bhangra / Desi music.)
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