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The Malaysian Music Project


The Malaysian Music Project by vocalist Cheryl Tan and fingerstyle guitarist Az Samad promises to be a Malaysian musical journey with a difference. The duo will re-interpret classic songs from P.Ramlee, Sheila Majid and Sudirman to modern favorites such as OAG, Yuna and Mia Palencia. Not only that, Cheryl and Az have also included pieces by art composers such as Saidah Rastam, Lim Chuang Yik and Teng Ky Gan so you will get to hear songs that are hardly ever aired on Malaysia radio. Listen closely as Az incorporates his percussive fingerstyle guitar textures into these songs. Some songs will even be on nylon string guitar painting a mellow mood and others with fierce steel string guitar strums.

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect:

  • One Thousand Million Smiles (Sudirman) – Cheryl learnt this in school when she was in Standard 2. She chose this song because she was just struck by the sincerity and raw powerful emotion that Sudirman had. It’s iconic, very Malaysia Boleh and a really good antidote to the West is Best mentality.


  • Hijau (Zainal Abidin) – This was selected for its message of environmentalism and taking care of the earth for future generations. What’s also interesting is that the chorus is sung in a different Malay dialect ie Kelantanese.


  • Beautifool (OAG) – Everyone talks about what an amazing and transcendent artist Radhi from OAG is. This was one of the first English-language local pop songs Cheryl encountered and it’s just insanely catchy. She has chosen to sing it because she loves what happens to the lyrics when it’s shifted to something being sung by a girl. It becomes a completely different song.


So join Cheryl and Az on Wednesday, 19 December for a fresh new take on Malaysian music!

Event: The Malaysian Music Project with Cheryl Tan & Az Samad
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Time: 9.30pm
Cover Charge:  RM40 (inclusive of first drink)
Duration: 2 Sets of Music (45 minutes per set, 90 minutes in total)
Venue: The Venue, Lot C4.06.02,Connection Level 4, Pavilion KL,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: 03-2110 2800
Website: www.azsamad.com/cheryl-az
Official FB page: www.facebook.com/events/494847250538426

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