o Year: 2010 (Premiering February 20th, 2011 on History; December 20th, 2010 on Bio Channel). o Artist: Sudirman Hj. Arshad o Produced by: AETN All Asia Networks in collaboration with FINAS, The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia o Runtime: 50min 21s o Country: Malaysia o Language: English o Subtitle: Malay/English (for non-English audio) [hardsubbed]
Premièring on HISTORY as a one-hour documentary, Sudirman Arshad chronicles the life of a true Malaysian icon. Get the inside scoop on the man they called Malaysia's Ambassador of Pop.
On March 19, 1989, a diminutive Malaysian singer rocked the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, London, with one of the most stirring performances of the evening, and walked away as Asia’s Best Performer at the inaugural Asian Music Awards. Pitted against more famous and accomplished singers from the region, Sudirman Arshad endearingly and artistically rendered an originally-composed number and mesmerised his audience, just as he had always done from the age of 12. Multi-talented Sudirman was a lawyer, television host, writer, cartoonist, actor, entrepreneur, and became the only Asian singer to record an English single at London’s Abbey Road Studios, and have it released in Britain and the US. In 1985, Sudirman drew a massive 100,000-crowd to his concert on one of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest roads. Dubbed the Chow Kit Road concert, the feat has never been matched or replicated. But in July 1991, Sudirman suddenly collapsed during a concert, and seven months later, was dead. He was only 37. By then, Sudirman had won every major music and entertainment award in Malaysia, and the hearts of thousands of fans from Singapore to Tokyo, from New Zealand to Hawaii. Through interviews, photos and clips from Sudirman’s performances, we bring you the compelling story of one of Malaysia’s most prolific singers who lived, worked and died for his craft, his country and his fans.
Sudirman achieved more accolades over a wider spectrum of musical genres than any other Malaysian artiste.
Sudirman had 20 albums and 70 songs to his name over his 16-year career.
He was popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Although he sang principally in Malay, he performed in Hawaii, Melbourne, Tokyo, Dubai, London and even Russia. Not even Malaysian silver screen legend P. Ramlee was as popular in Asia in his time as Sudirman was in his.
In 1989, Sudirman was crowned best singer at the inaugural Asian Popular Music Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, beating his more famous contemporaries such as Leslie Cheung (Hong Kong), Anita Sarawak (Singapore) and Kuh Ledesma (Philippines), and others from China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand.
His 1987 song “Merisik Khabar” topped the charts in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei and stayed as the #1 song for two months. Another song on the same album also made it to the top of the charts.
He recorded an album with Stock, Altken & Waterman (SAW), one of the most successful British songwriters & producers at the time.
He was referred to by Simon Napier-Bell, the manager of British pop group Wham, as an “institution of the Malaysian music industry”.
His Chow Kit Road concert of 100,000-attendance has never been replicated nor has a similar concert been organized since.
Sudirman’s style and performance traversed cultural and racial boundaries. He sang in Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil; 25 years before the ONE-MALAYSIA concept was conceived.
For all the fame and fortune, Sudirman’s personal life was in shambles. He never really recovered from two severe blows – not knowing his mother at all and the failure of his marriage to his childhood sweetheart. Losing his mother at such an early age made him feel unloved and he constantly needed reassurance all his life.
Till today, the controversy surrounding his illness and his death remains.
Even Sudirman’s mother was an extraordinary person – a politician who fought for Malaya’s independence alongside Tunku Abdul Rahman. She made headlines as the first state assemblywoman in 1955 at the age of 29.
Both Sudirman and his mother are remembered for their contributions to state and country through their memorabilia, exhibited at the Pahang State Heroes Museum.
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