2023-02-24 – 10:30 h

Many films from the golden age of Malay cinema (1947–1972) feature traditional songs or originals that were composed in traditional genres. In Gemilang, Gendang Akustika, featuring friends from Genbano, will relive some of these classics from films from the ’50 and ‘60s, such as Zapin Bunga Hutan by Zubir Said from the film Bawang Putih Bawang Merah (1959) and Gurindam Jiwa by Wandly Yazid from its namesake film (1965) to name a few.


Gendang Akustika – Gendang Akustika is an urban-based Malay folk music ensemble that aspires to promote and preserve Malay music and culture in today’s fast-paced society. Comprising young talented musicians and vocalists, the ensemble breathes life into traditional Malay music with fresh and invigorating musical arrangements and performance styles.


Genbano – The northern region of the Malay archipelago, comprising of the northern Malay states of Kedah and Kelantan as well as southern Thai region of Patani, is rich and steep with tradition, beautifully encapsulated in its traditional and folkloric music and theatre. Genbano strives to showcase the music of this region with instruments such as serunai, talempong, canang and gong.


When: Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 19:15h & 20:45h

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Singapore)

Tickets: Free

More information: https://www.esplanade.com/whats-on/festivals-and-series/free-programmes/2023/cool-classics/gemilang-the-golden-age-of-malay-cinema