Music Scene in Brunei in 1950s and 1960s
This is another article about the past in Brunei from Haji Mohd Daud bin Abd Rahman published in Borneo Bulletin on 5th November 2012:
|AB Suhaili, an accordian player performing in 1959.|
(Photo: Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman)
Reflecting on the music and the entertainment scene of the yesteryears, youths in Brunei started getting into modern music in the late 1950s.
However, the traditional musical instruments and Bruneian songs that have been passed down to our generation by our elders were not forgotten.
In 1959 and 1960, Bruneian youngsters were already forming bands under the influence of famous bands such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1959, these youths started to play in bands for wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversary parties.
|Rayuan Irama Band, 1968. (Photo: Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman)|
After that from 1966 to 1969, bands started naming themselves to gain popularity. Amongst the musicians and bands famous in that era include Kugiran Irama Perindu, Seri Wana Combo, Saroga, Rayuan Irama, Melati Puteh, D'Idaman, The Hunters and many others. Notable male singers included Ak Tajudin Pg Mangong, Hussein Hj Tuah, Ak Mas Emran, Ali Paun and many others.
|D'Idaman Band's lead singer performer, 1968 (Photo: Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman)|