Kids here and there and upcoming Rentas…

After so long, I am back here updating. As you some of you would know that I am working full time as a relief teacher in a secondary school in the west side. It has been almost a month since I started in late January and all is good. I have a good and dedicated relief team and it has been fun so far. Only days which are pack when full time teachers are on leaves or courses.

Anyway, it has been busy for me during school hours. I will spend more time in school and after school, I will be back working to my freelance job. Currently, I am busy preparing for Gemadah 2020 – Rentas which will be held at Esplanade Recital Studio on 28 March 2020.

I will be joining a music maestro Hardi Aris, an accordionist and composer together with music mentor, Maestro Zulkifli Mohamed Amin. Hardi and myself will premier our composition which consist of inspiration by the rhythms and melodies of traditional Malay music which embody the spirit and values of Malay culture.


The participating musicians of the residency programme are handpicked based on their individual experience and interest in developing their craft within the sphere of traditional Malay music. After more than 20 hours of workshops, training and rehearsals, the residency programme culminates in a music showcase, featuring new works by the resident artists, solo performances as well as a creative composition by the participating musicians.

About Zulkifli Mohamed Amin

Zulkifli Mohamed Amin is widely acknowledged as a proponent of Malay music and traditional instruments, having served as music director of the youth section of Orkestra Melayu Singapura since its inception in 2005 till present. In 2015, he embarked on a new project, co-founding Nusantara Arts as a platform for young musicians to hone their musical sound and voice, and collaborate with artists from other disciplines. The company draws influences from the Malay Archipelago, moulding them into something that is uniquely Singaporean. He is the recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award 2018.

About Muhammad Hardi Aris

Hardi Aris began his traditional Malay music journey in 2005 as member of Alunan Dondang Irama Melayu (ADIM). In 2012, he joined another traditional Malay ensemble called Nobat Kota Singa (NKS). Hardi is active in numerous local productions and overseas performances, playing an essential role as Music Director of NKS.

Pursuing his passion for traditional Malay music, he signed up as a member of Orkestra Melayu Singapura (Belia), where he was under the tutelage of Dzul Rabull, Azrin Abdullah, Arman Abdul Rahman, Fadhli Ramlee and many others. In Oct-2017, he completed the Malay Traditional Music workshop conducted by Ariffin Abdullah, a renowned traditional Malay accordionist in Singapore. Hardi currently attends private classes with Team Accordion Singapore.

So, click on link above to check us out on Esplanade website.

Date: 28 Mar 2020 (Sat)
Time: 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio

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