I’d like to feature a legendary Malaysian Blues Band simply known as Blues Gang. They released their first album in 1979. Back than Blues wasn’t really a popular music genre in Malaysia. But thanks to them and a bunch of other musicians, the blues is now a recognized music genre. And to any musician who put some time listening and noodling to traditional malay music, they will recognize the blues in it too.
“Asli” is a form of a traditional malay music that presents the blues element but arranged slightly different from a standard blues structure. So here is Blues Gang with a legendary traditonal singer and violonist, the late Hamzah Dolmat. This one showcase a very famous traditional malay song with a twist. If I’m not mistaken this tv show was in 1983. Please excuse the audio quality as it’s an old VHS recording. Give it a listen and see whether you can spot the blues line in the song ;p
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