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In berita pantas, dilema media on November 28, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Ratusan Mahasiswa Ponorogo Kecam Malaysia

Selasa, 27 November 2007
 
Ponorogo, Selasa–Ratusan mahasiswa Universitas Islam Sunan Giri (Unsuri) dan Institut Agama Islam Riyadatul Mujahidin Ponpes Walisongo, Kabupaten Ponorogo, Jawa Timur, Senin berunjuk rasa mengecam Pemerintah Malaysia yang mengklaim kesenian reog.

Para pengunjuk rasa tersebut melakukan long march mulai dari kampus Unsuri menuju alun-alun kota dan dilanjutkan ke Gedung DPRD Kabupaten Madiun dengan membawa sejumlah tulisan berisi kecaman terhadap Pemerintahan Malaysia. Selain itu, mereka juga membakar dua bendera Malaysia.

Koordinator aksi, Fahrizal, mengatakan pembakaran bendera tersebut dilakukan sebagai bentuk kekecewaan mahasiswa selama ini terhadap Pemerintah Malaysia yang melakukan penjiplakan terhadap tarian Reog yang selama ini menjadi warisan leluhur masyarakat Ponorogo.

“Hal ini sudah sangat keterlaluan karena setelah gagal mengklaim lagu daerah rasa Sayange beberapa waktu lalu, kini pihak Malaysia kembali mengklaim tarian kesenian reog asal Ponorogo,” katanya.

Untuk itu, kami meminta kepada pemerintah setempat untuk tegas menyikapi persoalan ini dan diharapkan bisa segera mencari tahu alasan pemerintah Malaysia mengklaim reog asli Ponorogo tersebut.

Salah seorang seniman Reog Ponorogo, Sodik,  mendukung perjuangan para mahasiswa Unsuri dan Institut Agama Islam Riyadatul Mujahidin Ponpes Walisongo itu.

Ia mengatakan hanya dengan kata “lawan” kepada Pemerintah Malaysia untuk menyelesaikan masalah tersebut melalui jalur hukum.

Menaggapi hal itu, wakil ketua DPRD Kabupaten Ponorogo, Boking Hasan, akan menyampaikan aspirasi para pengunjuk rasa itu dengan menyampaikanya ke pemerintah daerah dan pusat.

“Kami akan sampaikan aspirasi tersebut agar pemerintah  bertindak tegas menyelesaikan persoalan tersebut,” katanya.

Dipetik dari: www.kompas.com 

Sumber: Antara
Penulis: jodhi

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mentari merah di ufuk timur gaya amy dan rabbani

In berita pantas on November 28, 2007 at 1:41 pm

This is press release from EMI, plainly posted here for your information, guys. A nice progress of our rock icon and a good story too… SEIR

Tanggal 25hb Oktober 2007 yang lalu merupakan pengalaman yang amat berharga dan tidak dapat dilupakan oleh kumpulan nasyid Rabbani. Di mana mereka berpeluang merakamkan lagu duet bersama penyanyi rock negara lagi tersohor iaitu Amy Search. Lagu tersebut adalah lagu `Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur’ yang merupakan lagu popular kumpulan Search.Rakaman ini dijalankan di Baby Boss Studio,Petaling Jaya.

Pemilihan lagu ini adalah permintaan daripada Amy sendiri yang mana lagu `Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur’ merupakan lagu inspirasinya semasa berada di Gua Hira semasa dia menjalankan ibadah umrah yang lalu. Gabungan antara Rabbani dan Amy Search telah menghasilkan lagu `Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur’ yang cukup merdu di samping liriknya yang bersesuian sehingga menyusuk jiwa dan rohaniah.

Lagu duet ini dimuatkan dalam album kompilasi terbaru Rabbani yang mengandungi semua lagu hits & popular mereka sepanjang 10 tahun bergiat dalam industri muzik bertajuk `Rabbani 1418-1428 Hijrah’. Istimewanya album adalah iannya mengandungi 2 lagu yang dirakam baru iaitu selain lagu `Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur’ terdapat juga lagu duet bersama penyanyi popular iaitu Mawi yang berjudul `Saksi’. Lagu-lagu hits dan popular yang pernah menaikkan nama Rabbani di persada seni yang turut dimuatkan adalah seperti `satu qiblat yang sama’,`Intifada’,`anak soleh,`7 Hari’,`nawaitu’,`handzalah’,`Berkorban apa saja’,`pergi tak kembali’,`iqrar’,`Muhammad Ya habibi’,`Kerlipan cinta’,`Assalammualaikum’ dan `Insan’. Selain lagu-lagu di atas diselitkan juga surah-surah dan hadith-hadith yang terpilih seperti surah yasin-ayat 65,hadith –riwayat Al Tarmizi,hadith-Riwayat Bukhari & Muslim,Surah Al A’Raaf-Ayat 54 dan Hadith-Riwayat Al Tabarani.

Album ini akan dipasarkan di penghujung bulan November ini. END

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Beberapa bahan bukti yang sempat direkam Sarah, petugas promosi berkaliber di EMI.

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kuasa ayat dan tarikan melodi

In dilema muzik on November 21, 2007 at 5:49 pm

terma, bait, kata, rapsodi, irama  

Oleh Seir

 

Ayat adalah ciptaan minda, ia menggambarkan dan bila ia didendangkan, ia menjadi  sebuah lagu dengan makna dalam atau hanya sebuah karya picisan yang menggelikan, lantas hanya jadi simpanan kenangan untuk hari tua atau dimuatkan dalam blog mp3 yang jarang disebat pun.

 

Petang tadi, seorang rakan bercerita mengenai/tentang seniman yang sudah menjadi arwah, Allahyarham JS Kevin. Rakan itu bercerita tentang arwah yang mempunyai bakat tinggi dalam memanipulasikan bait-bait dan kata-kata serta membentuknya kepada lagu bermelodi yang indah.

Rakan bertanya, “kau tau lirik lagu Aku dan Sesuatu tu pasal apa?” Aku pun jarang dengar XPDC, mana aku nak hafal lirik lagu mana. Tapi melodinya berpusing dalam otak mustika aku dan sekejap sahaja aku dapat tangkap secara kasar bait dan katanya. Melodinya cepat menangkap kepala kerana ia memaksudkan suasana ekstrem sayu dan pedih.

Rakan tak perlu tunggu jawapan sebab aku pun tak tahu dan dia terus bagi jawapan, “benda tu la….” Aku tak perlu pulak nak sebut sebab kalau sebut pun mungkin tak betul sebab aku tak pernah tengok benda tu dan nampak pun dia buat benda tu. Senang cerita, kami dua pun tak sebut apa nama benda tu. Tapi yang pasti rakan terus cakap dengan bersungguh sampai berhamburan air liurnya…, “dia bukan pasal CINTA tau!”

Termenung sekejap, sambil mata menjeling awek baju hijau dari The Garden masuk kedai mamak untuk minum teh, rakan  menganggguk-angguk. Aku pun ambil kesempatan menjeling sama. Rakan bagai teringatkan sesuatu dan menyambung kata.

“Aku ingat lagi masa dia dapat lagu tu. Aku pun ada sama dia,” kata rakan yang lama juga terbabit dalam dunia muzik. Dia minat metal daa… “Aku ada masa tu. Tengah sembang-sembang ni, tiba-tiba dia hilang, terus sambar gitar dan terus main, langsung keluar lagu satu.”

Rakan aku kata, XPDC ialah antara band Melayu yang fun dan berbeza dari band lain-lain. Mungkin ya dan mungkin tidak tetapi, jika tiada arwah JS Kevin, mungkin tidak akan ada fun dan bezanya itu.

Jadi, aku balik rumah dan terus cari lirik lagu tu. Selepas menelitinya, aku buat kesimpulan betapa pedihnya jika terikat dengan ‘sesuatu’ yang amat sukar sekali untuk berpisah, lagi-lagi kalau dah sebati dalam diri dan memakan hati sampai kita mati.

Pahit, tapi kalau buang pula terasa sayang. Dan cinta itu boleh membakar jika cuba bercinta dan berkasih dengan api.

Jika ada ramai orang mahu faham lagu ini, dan ramai yang mahu buat lebih banyak lagu-lagu seperti ini dan lebih ramai orang suka mencipta bait-bait yang dalam, melodi memikat, kita mungkin tak ketandusan idea lagi, amigos!

AKU DAN SESUATU

Ditelan pahit
Hendak ku buang terasa sayang
Engkau bermadu
Hendak ku minum engkau beracun

Kau bisa
Hingga punah ranah dan mati
Akan diri ku
Kau kebumikanlah aku di sini

Kau pula bagai bunga di hati ku
Bukan racun
Pada aku yang sedang dahaga

Cinta mu membakar aku
Hingga aku jadi abu
Bergunakah aku lagi untuk mu

Dewasalah aku
Dalam perjalanan hari ini
Binasalah aku
Andai dikudakan telunjuk mu… oh…

Lirik/Melodi: JS Kevin

gig reviews: louder than love @ the zouk

In ulas on November 16, 2007 at 9:33 am

 Rolling like a stone… a twist and turn at Louder Than Love show

By: SEIR

The sun is not shining, the brim horizon brought along a sad story at the rally in Dataran Merdeka and a drizzling rain set the mood for the whole Sunday bloody sunday. The mood was different though inside these rounded whitish establishment along Jalan Ampang called The Zouk when nearly a thousand people thronged the place to watch their favourite bands. Endorsed by the who’s who in ‘B Sides Culture’ of Malaysian music, 8TV had supplied their most renowned MC Rina Omar to do the… well, emceeing while the ever active outfit Laguna Records is the main coordinator and organiser. Kudos to thiem also, who are not mentioned here.

As soon as you arrived at the Zouk, you will have to call your friend inside to get the free tickets or the free access tag. In that case, that wouldn’t happened to the 800 ticket buyers who really support and bought them a RM20 ticket for the show. Eventually everyone will be stopped by the bodyguard for an IC and somehow will stunned by the Caucasian beauty holding a donation box at the entrance. After two times of showing my IC and walked a couple of meters to the hollowed walkaway, I came back to take another glimpse, and of course… donate!

When I’m inside the Zouk, Bitterweet were playing with their big shades on and the crowd were singing along. I’ve missed the two most hard-cored boys of They Will Kill Us All and Nervewreck when the show started roughly at two in the afternoon. A small and a very simple stage is just enough for all the bands to strut their energy and musical capabilities. The moshpit were crammed with people while others opt to scattered around the spacious main floor.

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Some familliar faces?

Overall, the sound system were not bad also, but actually it depends to the band who played. Some bands are not that prepared to play after more than a month hiatus of the raya festivity. They seems to lost their touch and just keep on doing their routine. Some bands who definitely experienced and practiced had showed their stripes today.

Every acts makes the crowd react in an expected habitual drill. You will see bodies (not a dead one) flying over here and there and some necks nearly got broken, but actually that is not likely to be happened. Anyway, on the scale of ‘Rockster’ (alternatively for Richter), Love Me Butch and OAG brought the house down while Seven Collar Tshirt and Purevibracion really cooled things off. I bet that Nervewreck and TWKUA would definitely recorded high on the Rockster scale.

Johor hailed band Plague of Happiness played happily with the same popular encore need to be booted already while OAG create a new chemistry for their 60’s TV song that send more bodies flying. Radhi is in his top esteem, even though juggling a couple of task at the same time as the naughty boy on TV and in progress, a motion picture. Anyway, he married a producer’s daughter. We will see more of him, definitely. OAG marksman has shown a great character tagging along with harmonies and a ‘just nice’ guitar playing while other members choose to keep the music to themselves and be more reserved. What I still can’t believed is the ‘Generasiku’ song can still send the bodies up on the air!

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OAG is still relevant!

Mookie from One Buck Short choose to speaks in Malay for the whole set, sounded quiet peculiar but it’s a nice try and a good thing to do since the band had already come out with an album. One of their songs even got a Kelantanese slang mingled with some Sum41 inclined tune. Some technical glitches break some excitement but it’s nothing but a small thing to us and them.

Purevibracion started with their Rastaman chanting which is very melodious and attractive for the first time but it does nothing on our life’s relevancy for the time being. They bring the crowd back to the ground as they started with Marley’s Soul Rebel and a wailing guitar on the classic blues scale. Heard the band will start to record with Laguna Records end of the year and hope they will left some marks on the regional music map, if not international. Main man Joe closed the set with the same opening chant, left the hopefuls screamed for an encore.

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Some extra acitivities here…

Love Me Butch took over and blasted the crowd with their energy ammos and adrenaline bomb. The moshpit were the most scariest place on earth and I wouldn’t dare to join. Anyway, Winder the hard powerful drummer is not playing but Janna from the same genre band Cassandra plays the same hard and powerful bashing. Hollywood Suicide is a hit and LMB is ready to progress themselves to the next level in the next album. Bila nak keluar da…

I really had a hard time taking pictures from the second floor of the Zouk since my camera was out of battery and the charger was at Kajang. So I just took my time amidst the blinking ‘out of batt’ on the camera’s viewfinder and snapped on whatever time I had. Here’s some of the static ‘upper floor view’ photos taken with me fighting the intolerable cold of Zouk’s air-condition.

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We’ve agreed on that! 

Dear friends, show must go on and let the stone gets rolling. Let your mind open and let the creative juices flowing like a honey bee…

Since Louder Than Love is organised for the good cause of the poverty, it really makes a good sense and chances for the needy. But when someone asked me back, “isn’t some musicians were also in poverty?”, I went on a deep thinking and can’t answer that question myself…

 

we are lacking of media heroes

In dilema media on November 9, 2007 at 11:30 am

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Iconic and ironic… or is it ironic and iconic? 

I saw these pages in NST at 2.00 a.m on one rainy nights. It ticks me off to hurdle the hard blowing wet rain with a broken umbrella to take the camera and a piece of paper inside the car parked outside. It’s the reason why this article is written … (2.06 am 7th November 2007)

Prepares for challenges ahead, says Abdullah with a serious gesture while Peterpan cheered, “unbeatable rates,” on the opposite page. Abdullah is addressing his Umno’s delegates at the party’s annual assembly but he won’t expect that  he will gets a notch up from the other pop party right after the adjacent page, which is surprisingly from Indonesia.

Pop culture will never goes along well with politics unless it’s presented in a different manner, or in this case, page. Only if the pop figure is convincingly good of virtue and prays five time a day in a reality show, politics might fight and chase to get hold of him or her or in this case, a him. However, something has been short-lived especially when the talents haven’t got enough strength to carry him and Malaysia will lose another ‘hero’ due to to the lack of art integrity and heavy commercialism.

Umno delegates or opponents may be unaware of the advertisement as they hurriedly flipping the page to find their printed faces or furiously shredding and burn the paper, excitedly enough to miss the present nature of our pop culture. To tell you the truth, at present time our pop culture were being conquered gracefully and pleasingly by more foreigners. We are actually lacking of our own heroes to set some commercialism standard to fill our own telco ad.

Some years ago advertisement were need to be adherent to some Pan Asian regulations due to the influx of western image and faces in our media. That was a long time ago when ‘globalisation’ is just a mere words and not a hypothesis. Nowadays, Korean and Hong Kong star like Le Hom, Andy Lau, Rain, Peterpan or some EPL Stars are the media heroes that had donned the LRT pavilion and billboards on main highways. Whoever they are, they’ve gone far away from us with their big bucks and huge popularity while everyone in our country just have to feast their eyes while scratching their butt.

…rock music actually has emerged from the cloud of cigarette smokes!

 Last two decades, cigarette companies were on the top list and only them can afford to buy the third page almost everyday and most of the time, the whole sports section. Suddenly, they were suppressed in a global scale, pressured to be invincible and went underground, even when they are with Ferraris and Ducatis. But hey, they stil make a (good) living and had helmed two most important championship for this year, yet without being announced. It’s a subtle impact but definitely a prominent one. Back then, cigarette companies controlled the pop culture and rock music actually has emerged from the cloud of cigarette smokes!

At present, people are ‘smoking’ prepaid cards and telcos are the big dick who controlled the pop scene. Western music are adamantly a killing ammo and the present downturn of local music scene were aggrevated by the ad agency policy who believes that foreign artist gives more mileage on awareness and branding. There are seems no local band, actor, sportsmen or certain local personality can fetch up the same commercialism benchmark which wouldn’t definitely make us proud but at least, keep our currency on shore. However, talented people like Apek (the guy with sunglasses and fishing cap) has proven his ability to transcend those commercialism barriers.

It’s been long since Poetic Ammo was digi’s boyz, Search is rocking under salem’s light and Junction toured the nation the king’s way. Malaysia are lacking of our own media heroes, who should’ve excelled in their arts rendering or global recognition, which actually we has abundance in numbers. Most of them, who actually lives  and breath in front of your eyes were indeed forgotten or missed at the counting counter. Blip… blip…

attack of the unease

In dilema muzik on November 2, 2007 at 10:05 am

 By Majidon Beseri

Just let them IN or let’s DON the iron curtain?

I really want to write about this issue since long ago, when I’m unemployed three months before, *(today is 1st November 2007). At that particular time I was helpless and frustrated and the ‘stoopid/idiot box’ some may called, was the best and affordable escapism tool I had. Everyday at morning I would slouched my backbone to the sofa and glued to the TV. I didn’t miss any morning paper, as to find my way back to the blue collar troops. And you know what did I miss?

I think I missed seeing Malaysian band in most of the prime media of my own beloved country. Err…my wife have just said, “darling, don’t have to worry about the grammar, baby.” So be it. When we don’t have the computer to typed on, just get the pen and paper brother! *This article originally written on a back of my maintenance apartment bills, which is due already…

OK.. back to the story I’ve started earlier, for a month and beyond, what I’ve seen is that the Indonesian bands are in every side of the cubicle and the printed visuals. They’re getting more and more exposure than our own boys. The issue has been fought and highlighted by our musician who felt that they have been dejected by our own media activists especially those who has the power to decide what song should be aired regularly. I’ve seen an Indonesian band who played a gig at night and interviewed in the ‘Breakfast Show’ program on NTV7 the very next day while PeterPan and Dewa are getting their big endorsement from our own telco corporate. So, the question is how did this happen? If you care, it has happened since the change of the millennium and I don’t want to do the nagging about any historical facts or happenings that happened. We just let them in and allowed their superiority. Kaput.

Anyway, it’s just a matter of taste and preference… or was it?

GIGI@2003 

3 or 4 years ago, one of my media colleague suggested to THE Aziz Bakar in one of our Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) acquaintance. He said, it’s better or it’s very good to let the Indon’s influence flow to our shore so our boys will learn and feel the heat of competition. Nowadays competition seems to be utmost than stiff and we can say that… we have been outrivalled! Yeah… that’s the fact and the actual happenings. How can we switch off our ears when the media is our life? How can we close our eyes when the media have prepared the best of visuals not to be missed? How can’t we hum ’emm…. mungkin bila nanti, kita kan bertemu lagi… lalala…(complete with the guitar sound)”when even an unknown Malaysian band called Singletrackmind also cover the song with their unpopular version?

Actually, we can’t hold them back to get in our nerves, or our heart. They will just come in as long as there are buildings to be built and weak hearts to be mended and more hearts to be melted. Unless the government get a hand of the matter and somebody swearing it out in the parliament.

As long as Aziz M. Osman still wear the same Batman cap, same it goes to ‘Air Mata Maria’ which always evolves around two different sided sisters, we WILL just let them in and don the same cape of openness and will be avoiding atrocity.

KONKLUSI: No conclusion to be laid upon as all the matters of taste and preference will only lead to subjectivity (an overused word of wisdom). Anyway, over a little thought, actually we need some some push. Got to do something here, man. You can’t crash the parliament to make your voice heard, while you can’t cry either if you fail to create a top-pop-hit song. “What we got here is a failure to communicate”. I’m blank… but I want to finish article with this words of enlightenment , “communication is a bliss, but its a bluff when everything is just the same and haven’t change for quiet some time….”