Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sudirman Hj Arshad

Google paid tribute to late Sudirman Hj Arshad with a special Saturday "doodle". He would’ve been 65 yesterday. 

His legion of fans knew him simply as Sudirman (left), singer, songwriter, visual artist, author and actor. 

A lawyer by profession, he started his singing career after winning Bintang RTM on August 11, 1976. 

On April 15, 1986, Sudirman performed at an open-air concert on Kuala Lumpur’s Chow Kit Road, which was the first time ever that a street concert drew a 100,000-strong crowd on a Monday night. Lifted above the audience by crane, he sent the Malaysian crowd wild with his rousing performance. 

In fact, the English daily, The Star wrote that "Kuala Lumpur came to a standstill”! 

In 1989, Sudirman won acclaim at the Asian Popular Music Awards at London's Royal Albert Hall, when he sang his signature hit "A Thousand Million Smiles" and a rendition of "Send In The Clowns" with choreography that paid tribute to Charlie Chaplin – that performance immediately raised his profile internationally. 

He was even appointed a "Singing Ambassador" by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism – and he could sing not only in Malay and English but also Tamil, Tagalog, Korean and a couple of Chinese dialects.

Sudirman died from pneumonia at the age of 37 on February 22, 1992. 

My selection of three of my favorite Sudirman numbers: Merisik Khabar (1986) Antara Hujan dan Airmata (1989); and One Thousand Million Smiles (1989):

Yesterday, I was at the BJRA Community Center, Dewan Kosmos in Bukit Jelutong in Shah Alam, Selangor. I attended the Kota Anggerik Toastmasters meeting there – my thanks to VP Public Relations Hilal Adnan for getting me a speaking slot too. 

I presented another CC #10 speech titled My Public Speaking Mojo. And wow, their club president Shafiq Shamshir was my evaluator. 

This was my fourth project speech this week: 

Photos from the said Toastmasters meeting:

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