Malaysian music like Indonesian music is a delectable mix of western string instruments and local rhythms and melodies. Malaysian music ably demonstrates its cultural diversity. Most popular form of music is keroncong. Popular forms of music in Malaysia are influenced from diverse cultures. The most common form of music takes its inspiration from Hawaiian guitar styles, tango, rumba and jazz.
Apart, other musical forms include ghazals originated by expatriates of middle-east and Indians. These ghazals are essentially lovelorn songs mixed with poetry. Instruments used in ghazals are violin, guitar, tabla, drums, tambourine, harmonium, western maracas and Malaysian lutes.
Most common instruments used in classical Malaysian songs are; kettledrum, nafiri (trumpet), suspended gonga, two barrel drums (gendang) and serunai (oboe). These instruments have remained an integral part of Malay music since 15th century. Gendangs and rebabs (fiddles) are the instruments primarily used in folk music
P.Ramlee is considered as chief architect in revolutionizing Malaysian music. He is credited to bring modern musical effects in classical music which helped in popularizing Malaysian music. Other famous singers are Shiela Majid and Siti Nurhaliza, who are adept at singing all forms of music including Islamic songs and love tunes. Many Malaysian songs have been influenced from Middle Eastern Islamic songs.
Directory of Malaysian Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Malaysian songs, new releases, free Malaysian mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Malaysian music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.
Amir Yussof – Learn about new releases, download songs, Buy Malaysian music. Offers mailing List for upcoming Music events, performances schedule, latest happenings.
genting.com.my/en/videoclips/2001/dicky_con/index.htm -Offers live clips and Music video clips for malaysian fans. Make sure you have the windows media 7 version.
musicmall-asia.com/malaysia/folk/– Provides the basis of classification of malaysian folk music into three broad categories.Detailed explanation of each genre also given. Malaysian folk music can also be divided into various overlapping categories.
http://icom.edu.my/ – Offers Music cds, downloads, and services for students learning music. Online admisssion programs also available.
Music-of-Malaysia – Learn about the cultural aspects of Malaysian Music.
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