Monthly Archives: January 2009

Photo: Maman on the cover of Manja July 2008

I took this from Saniboey’s blog. He is the former editor of Manja Singapura.

manja_albumAbout this cover, this is what he said:

ni saat aku baru sampai di Singapore for MANJA. Kalau tak silap aku, kecuali Rima Melati Adams, ini adalah kali pertama Addy Cradle dan Maman yang aku kenal dah dekat 15 tahun dulu jadi cover. Man Toyak pun aku kenal lama dah tapi tak pernah jadi cover. They are among the talented people in Singapore sekarang ini tetapi jarang cerita tentang diorang disiarkan sebab apa entahlah. Maman, Man, Addy and Rima…I salute you guys. Read the rest of his post here (in Bahasa Malaysia)

If you have a facebook account, you can lookup Saniboey and Addy Craddle.

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Article: Album Terbaru Maman, Membisik Kerohanian

This article was written by Salihin and also appeared in Berita Harian Singapore on 18 Jan 2009. As always, you can find the English translation below the original article.

Album Terbaru Maman, Membisik Kerohanian

18 Jan 2009

Lagu-lagu seperti Warisan Wanita Terakhir, Layar Lara, Kasih Ku Pinjam WajahMu, Cinta Kita, Di Wajahmu Ku Lihat Bulan dan Seringkali telah membawa Maman Teacher’s Pet ke satu taraf yang tinggi dalam persada seni. Untuk mengulangi dan mencapai ke tahap itu sekali lagi memanglah sukar.

Setelah album Eh…Keras Tu bersama kumpulan Teacher’s Pet dan kemudiannya album solo Di Suatu Hari Di Suatu Waktu, Maman telah mencipta banyak lagu untuk filem dan juga beberapa projek khas. Selain dari itu, Maman juga telah tampil sebagai pelakon di beberapa filem dan drama di Malaysia.

Kini sudah lebih dari sepuluh tahun Maman tidak merakamkan lagu untuk sebuah album penuh.

For full article, please go to Album Terbaru Maman, Membisik Kerohanian

What does taqwa mean?  Linguistically taqwa means protection and shield from what is harmful. The concept of taqwa is compared to a person going through a narrow path with thorns while he is trying to snatch his clothes in order to protect himself from any harm. In Arabic, clothing is  a metaphor for a person’s character and the thorns are a metaphor for the temptations in life, such as greed and wanting to get money from any source whether legitimate or illegitimate, or temptation towards illicit relationships.

TRANSLATIONS

Songs like Warisan Wanita Terakhir, Layar Lara, Kasih Ku Pinjam WajahMu, Cinta Kita, Di Wajahmu Ku Lihat Bulan and Seringkali brought Maman Teacher’s Pet to a pinnacle in the music industry. To repeat and reach that level once again is, undoubtedly, tough.

After the album Eh…Keras Tu with Teacher’s Pet and subsequently going solo with the album Di Suatu Hari Di Suatu Waktu, Maman has written many songs for films and special projects. Maman also has tried his hands at acting in a few films and dramas in Malaysia.

It has been more than ten years since Maman recorded a full album. Within that period, he was still actively writing and composing on top of performing in exclusive engagements in Malaysia and Singapore.

Til today, Maman is still remembered for his soundtrack work in films like Layar Lara and Perempuan Melayu Terakhir. Maman has also composed songs for a youth club and contributed his vocals for a Suria drama, Dian III.

As far as achievements are concerned, Maman was nominated as the Best Male Singer RTM (1996), Best New Group – Teacher’s Pet (1992) and Best Album AIM (1995).

During the ‘vacuum’ years, Maman was still writing and performing and was approached by various recording outfits to produce an album, but none of the offers were taken.

Songs for special project in Pahang included Suri Dewi Chinta and Selamatkan Dunia. These were specially recorded for Muzium Pekan Pahang together with illustrious producers from Indonesia and Malaysia, incorporating the sounds of the 300-year old gamelan Inderapura, which is now in the keeping of the museum. The song Suri Dewi Chinta was chosen as the title track for the album Inderapura. In recent times, Maman was also given the opportunity to work on the soundtrack for a big-budget film in Malaysia.

In the last two months, Maman has been working hard writing songs, specifically for his new album. This time, listeners and fans will hearing a different body of work.

The new album will be produced by Planet Spiritual. The producer Zag Fahmoa is known to produce several instrumental New Age and Worl Music albums.

The new album is composed and written almost entirely by Maman. Apart from the world music beat, his folk acoustic playing style and soulful vocals will surely attract listeners.

However, fans should not hope to hear commercial pop love songs in this album. Maman’s work this time are spirlitual and soul-searching. Many is expected to ask questions why Maman is changing his musical concept. The real answer lies within the lyrics that he wrote.

Maman, or his real name Rosman Bin Lamri, is now a lot more poetic and introspective when putting down his words to paper. The songs contained in this new album is Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2), Cahaya, Kamar Hati, Allahu Akbar, Insan, Titipan Ilahi, Kesyukuran, and Kedukaan dalam Keriangan.

After listening to Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2) and Titipan Ilahi, these two tracks are going to be fan-favourite alonh with Kamar Hati. It isn’t just the melody, the lyrics are haunting and touching.

In Titipan Illahi, Maman explores the love of a father to his child, and hopes the child will return the love to his parents. And in Kedukaan Dalam Keriangan, Maman talks about the journey that one goes through in life, reflecting our own journeys that we go through.

The album that will be released soon is expected to make one closer to the Creator, one’s family and children. To Maman, maybe this is one of the few things that he can do to prepare for the hereafter.

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Article: Maman & Taqwa

An article by Adam b Md Yusop that appeared on Zee Harem of Possibilities blog. My thanks to Trompet Sangkakala for the link. Scroll below the original article to read the English version.

MAMAN & TAQWA
Jan 15, 2009

Barangkali ramai yang tertanya-tanya, apakah perkembangan terkini Maman, penyanyi yang bersuara lunak dari kumpulan Teacher’s Pet yang begitu popular dengan lagu hit ‘Warisan Wanita Terakhir’, ‘Layar Lara’ dan ‘Malas’.  Soalan Penulis terjawab, apabila bertemu beliau di Kampung Glam. Sambil menjamah nasi lemak dari kedai sarbat, Maman berkongsi  infomasi bersama penulis pada penemuan yang tidak dirancang itu.

“Taqwa”, itulah album solo Maman kali ini. Ia dipenuhi dengan lagu-lagu kerohanian dan ketuhanan yang mempunyai senikata yang amat mendalam. Adakah ini gimmick? Atau sekadar menyandang kepada trend yang terkini bagi seorang artis Pop yang ingin kembali di arena seni suara? “Saya merasakan satu kekosongan apabila menyiapkan sebuah album Pop Rock terbaru di KL, lantas saya meninggalkan itu semua dan terus pulang ke sini untuk menghasilkan sebuah album ‘spiritual’ untuk dihidangkan pada masyarakat.” Ujar Maman.

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Definition of Taqwa (via Wikipedia):  If one is walking through a forest where there are many thorns, one walks carefully so as not to get pricked or get one’s clothes torn.

TRANSLATION

Maybe a lot of people are asking, what is Maman up to these days, the powerful vocalist of the group Teacher’s Pet, hugely popular with hits like ‘Warisan Wanita Terakhir’, ‘Layar Lara’ and ‘Malas’. My question was answered when I bumped into him in Kampung Glam. Over a plate of nasi lemak, Maman shared his story in this impromptu interview.

“Taqwa”, that’s the title of Maman’s upcoming solo album. It’s a selection of contemplative songs about self-discovery and faith with deeply poignant lyrics. Is this a gimmick? Or merely following the current trend of pop artistes that are making a comeback into the entertainment industry?

“I felt an emptiness after I completed my latest pop rock album in KL, so I left it all behind and came back home to produce a spiritual album to share with everyone,” said Maman.

A meticulous arrangement by Al-Hafiz who is also the assistant producer, coupled with profound and mature lyrics made the album a deeply personal and touching work. Recorded and mixed at Studio 165, Maman stressed that this is not his attempt at singing nasyid songs.

It is also not something new in the world music fusion genre, but the earnestness of the album is commended for Maman bravely stepped forward to present songs like “Kedukaan Dalam Keriangan” “Kamar Hati” and “Titipan Illahi”. “My job is only to realise the concept of the songs, so that they reflect the self-harmony that’s contained within.” explained Al-Hafiz.

Also in the album is the track “Anugerah Cinta” (Warisan Wanita Terakhir 2), the continuation of the hit song Warisan Wanita Terakhir, written especially for fans of Teacher’s Pet.

I asked Maman whether people will doubt and question his new and bold appearance. Maman smiled and said, “My concept is 0-1. We’re just a zero, we will fall if we feel we are bigger than 1, and that’s the Almighty,”

Will Maman participate in AnugerahHItz this year? “This album is not up for any competition because the songs it contains were not written for that purpose. In fact I am satisfied if the messages that I am trying to share get through to others,” he added.

Maybe some will be offended by such statement, but for Maman, he doesn’t want to be untrue to himself. “It’s up to them. I feel it’s time for me to start doing music in a way that makes me feel at ease, without pressures from any parties,” he explained with a small smile that concealed a thousand hidden meanings.

The album that is produced by Zaq Fahmoa will be available soon and parts of the proceeds  from the sale of the album will be channeled to Madrasah Aljunied to help improve the curriculum quality  of the school and its other needs.

Written by Adam bin Md Yusop 

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Photo: An Album & A Showcase

From Azrin Abdullah’s personal photo album via Facebook.

maman teacher's pet recording session

And from Salihin’s, also via Facebook.

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Gigs: Showcase on 18 Jan 2009

19.1.2009

Thanks to all who came to the showcase. Those who didn’t, well, there’s always a next time.

It was a short one, we know, to give fans a sample of the upcoming album. Hopefully we will be able to plan a full gig in a venue optimised for acoustic performances in the future. If you have a gig in mind, drop us a note.

Some of those who came took videos and pictures of the showcase, which is great coz it’ll help us share the experience. Just small request though, can you withhold posting the video? We’d like  to post an official one with better audio quality for the benefit of those who could not make it. So, just hold on to that bootleg video first; or you can send them to me for archiving and it will be posted up when the time is right (p/s: I give appropriate credit and link back to originators for all works that doesn’t originate from Maman or myself).

As for photos or reviews, go crazy. You can post them  in the Maman Teacher’s Pet Facebook group (must join Facebook and become a member to do so), or if you would like me to put it here in the fansite, send them to me:  ijah@email.com

Thanks again, it was great seeing all of you and hope to see you again in future gigs. Do stop by and say hello to Maman next time 🙂

Peace!

~IA

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Photo: Past to Present

I found this old photo from 11 years ago.maman teacher's pet

maman teacher's pet2009 Photo Credit: (c) Azrin Abdullah

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Photo: The Comeback Artist

More excellent shots and some candid ones from the sets taken by Azrin Abdullah. See the rest of them at Azrin’s Photoblog.

maman teacher's pet

Photo credit: (c) Azrin Abdullah

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