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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sarbat Stall, Taj Cinema @ Geylang Serai: Part II

There are songs written in Bahasa Melayu (Malay) from Singapore and Malaysia that describe Geylang Serai in the 50's and 60's. Geylang Serai, which lies in Eastern Singapore, was a predominantly Malay area and people frequented the open street and wet markets to buy condiment and fresh ingredients for their home cooked meals.

Ahmad C.B., who originally came from Indonesia and lived in Malaya had been composing songs since the 40's. He wrote this one that re-lived the busy scenes of Geylang Serai in the evening.

The Taj Cinema he mentioned in the song was a rendezvous for many young Malay couples who frequented the place to watch movies. A parallel, among the more westernised Singaporeans, was a similar meeting place in the city - the Magnolia Milk Bar at the Capitol Cinema, near the junction of North Bridge Road and Stamford Road.
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Geylang Waktu Petang (Literal translation in blue)

Di waktu petang di Geylang Serai: In the evening at Geylang Serai,

Terang benderang sungguh-lah ramai: Bright, cheerful and crowded,


Tua dan muda miskin atau kaya: Old and young, poor or rich,


Semuanya ada terdapat di sana: They are all there.

Begitu banyak orang jualan: So many people selling their wares

Sehingga sesak sampai ke jalan: Overcrowding on the roads


Bermacam barang terdapat di situ: Lots of things to be found


Kasut dan baju 'macam model baru: Shoes and clothes of the latest fashio


Kalau penat carilah bai serbat: If tired, look for the Indian drink hawker


Di dekat Panggung Taj: Near the Taj Cinema
Di situ tempat kalau nak buah: That's the place for fruits

Di situ memang murah: That's where they're cheap

Kalau nak kuih tak susah pilih: If you need cakes, easy to choose.

Berbagai bangsa yang lalu lalang: The many races that frequent the place

Sungguh lah puas mata memandang: Satisfy their eyes

Itulah kisah Geylang waktu petang: That's the story of Geylang in the evening

Sungguh cukup ramai di Geylang Serai... Very crowded is Geylang Serai.


Thanks to Ms Chang Soh Kiak, producer: Foodage documentary.
Image: Mr Johar Amir, YouTube and Screen Shots.

4 comments:

pop music said...

I always thought of rock music as having guitars and stuff. But a lot of pop bands use guitars, and so do some rap songs, and so did some classical music and jazz. So what separates rock music apart from those kinds?

Andy Young* said...

Does rock music really separate "apart from those kinds", as you put it.

The term encompasses more than 50 to 60 sub-genres and is so diverse and common, it is difficult to pin down its exact meaning.

Wikipedia seems to explain rock music very clearly.

Sorry, not much help here but thanks for the visit.

Comment anyone?

Anonymous said...

From: sk, sittinginpictures:

shd do a more extensive piece on Ahmad Jaffar.

Andy Young* said...

He didn't write the piece.