Ky­oto Pro­to­col and the evo­lu­tion of lo­cal mu­sic

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ -

IN con­junc­tion with Malaysia Day on Sept 16, lo­cal rock out­fit Ky­oto Pro­to­col has re­leased a video fea­tur­ing a med­ley of pop­u­lar Malaysian songs from the past six decades.

The idea came about when the band’s lead singer Fuad Al­hab­shi, who was born in Sin­ga­pore, wanted to learn about the his­tory of fa­mous lo­cal songs from the past.

“Be­ing born in Sin­ga­pore, I mostly lis­tened to English songs. I wanted to learn more about the his­tory of pop mu­sic of Malaysia,” Fuad ex­plained.

To­gether with his band­mates – Gael Oliveres, Hairi Ha­neefa. Shakeil Bashir and Shan­jeev Reddy – the band hand­picked 16 songs for this project ti­tled Evo­lu­tion Of Malaysian Mu­sic. Among the songs the band per­forms in the mu­sic video are Suzana by M. Os­man, Bu­jang Lapok by P. Ram­lee, Andainya Aku Pergi

Dulu by the Al­l­ey­cats, Is­abella by Search, Si­naran by Sheila Ma­jid and Chow Kit Road by Sudirman.

“This is sort of an homage to outstanding Malaysian mu­si­cians who’ve ex­celled over the decades. We have in­jected a lit­tle of our own style into the songs and we hope ev­ery­one en­joys watch­ing our ren­di­tion as much as we did mak­ing it,” drum­mer Shan­jeev said of the project.

The over nine- minute- long mu­sic video, re­leased on Sept 8, was shot in one take.

Shan­jeev ex­plained the shoot­ing process: “We wanted the med­ley to be or­ganic, like it was a live per­for­mance. As such we de­cided to shoot the video while record­ing the mu­sic si­mul­ta­ne­ously in one take.”

The band hopes to re­lease an­other mu­sic video fea­tur­ing more pop­u­lar Malaysian num­bers Gor­don Kho soon. –

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Ky­oto Pro­to­col com­prises ( from left) key­boardist Oliveres, front­man Fuad, drum­mer Shan­jeev, bassist Shakeil and guitarist Hairi.

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