More should be done to promote timeless works by music legends, aside from P. Ramlee and Sudirman

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have come to know many great works by the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee and Datuk Sudirman Arshad, a far cry from works produced by their contemporaries.

Veteran songstress Datin Paduka Julie Sudiro said that more publicity should be given to the works by other legendary musicians so that music fans get the chance to appreciate them

Datin Paduka Julie Sudiro
Datin Paduka Julie Sudiro

She said that radio and TV stations played a pertinent role to ensure that the musical legacy left behind by the older generation of music greats would live on forever.

“P. Ramlee and Sudirman are legends whom we all celebrate and rightly so, but more should be done to promote the timeless works of other big artistes of yesteryears, too,” said a concerned Julie who hoped for the stations to give room to other greats of television, films and music.

Julie, 75, said this at a ceremony to launch the Jim Mandasamy Artistes’ Fund at the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy (Aswara) in Jalan Tun Ismail here, yesterday.

Organised by Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia (Karyawan), the event was graced by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Karyawan president Datuk Freddie Fernandez and members of 1970s rock group Blues Gang.

Julie was one of nine veterans artistes who each received RM1,000 from the fund established by Karyawan in memory of the late Blues Gang guitarist Jim Mandasamy.

The others were singer-actresses Mimi Loma, Zaiton Sameon and Aspalela Abdullah, actors V. Sarangabani and Yap Chin Fong, drummers Jerry Felix of Falcons and Saat of Discovery, and musician Azman Warren. Cancer-stricken singer-actress Elyana Emrizal of Dukun fame was the 10th beneficiary.

“There are many legends in Malaysian films, TV and music and it will be great for young fans to appreciate them. It’s a pity not many get to see films by Datuk Ahmad Mahmud, Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin or Azmil Mustapha, or listen to songs by Blues Gang, Datuk A. Rahman Hassan or Carefree these days,” said Julie.

“I suggest that stations screen or air the works of our ‘golden oldies’ during the weekends where families are together at home,” she said.

“True, many current entertainers are very talented, but someday, they will also become veterans and appear less frequently than future newcomers. And that is why we must never forget our veterans, so each generation should be well-exposed to them.”

Julie, whose real name is Raden Juariah Raden Sudiro, had often performed at corporate events until recently.

The mother of two and grandmother of seven is fully retired and spends quality time with her loved ones.

Julie’s best known songs include Lambaian Kanda, Seruling Malam and Gambar Kenangan.

Her last major showcase was Malam Nada Biru in 2016 with veteran singer Salamiah Hassan.

The fund is aimed at benefiting Malaysian artistes with health or financial problems. It was established with the help of Amalan Setar (M) Sdn Bhd and its managing director Rajendran Ramasamy. It is managed by Karyawan in liaison with Mandasamy’s widow Soo Leak Meng.

In the same ceremony, Fernandez and Rajendran launched Mandasamy’s Tamil music album which consists 10 tracks, recorded 12 years ago.

Mandasamy, a founder member of Blues Gang, died on April 16, 2018, after battling a long illness. He was 68.

By : Dennis Chua – NST

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