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Article: Hijrah Maman on Utusan Malaysia

A item on Maman by Joyah that I picked up via Utusan Online  (Utusan Malaysia’s online edition). My thanks to Fara Azman for the heads up and for Joyah for her kind words. To see the original article, please click on the title.

Hijrah Maman

KALAU ada yang masih ingat, tidak berapa lama dahulu Joyah ada menulis mengenai kisah Maman yang akan melahirkan album terbaru berjudul Taqwa.

Album yang menghimpunkan lagu-lagu ketuhanan itu sudah pun berada di pasaran sekarang. Tetapi judulnya bukan lagi Taqwa sebaliknya ditukar kepada Hijrah.

Ia menampilkan sembilan lagu baru dan sebuah trek bonus, Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2) dan diedarkan oleh Planet Spiritual di Singapura.

Para peminat tempatan boleh mendapatkan album baru Maman ini pada harga RM48 dan mengikuti perkembangannya di laman https://mamanteacherspet.wordpress.com.

Yang Joyah terharu ialah apabila dapat tahu, setiap pembelian album Hijrah Maman ini ada bahagian yang akan disumbangkan ke sebuah Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah di Singapura yang berusia 81 tahun untuk membaikpulih infrastrukturnya.

Baguslah. Joyah dengar Maman juga sudah banyak berubah. Joyah pun dah lama tak jumpa dengan orangnya sejak dia menyepikan diri dan pulang ke Singapura.

Tapi Joyah dengar April ini bekas penyanyi kumpulan Teacher’s Pet yang popular dengan lagu Warisan Wanita Terakhir itu akan datang ke ibu kota.

Mungkin jika ada kesempatan, Joyah pun mahu bertemu dengan Maman dan bertanyakan mengenai kehidupan masa kininya.

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Album + Photo: Di Suatu Hari Di Suatu Waktu

Pics courtesy from Tiyoon Zikri, whom together with this wife Fara, own 3 copies of perfectly in mint condition Di Suatu Hari di Suatu Waktu cassettes. 3!!! They have all his albums, including the Tribute to Led Zeppelin.

Visit Tiyoon’s flickr here: Recollectune.

Thanks guys!

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Review: Hijrah

Prior to receiving the completed Hijrah (previously known as Taqwa), I have heard a couple of its tracks, although at that time they were still in their raw forms. We were having french fries and soda at Changi airport as I waited for my flight back to KL. Maman took out his iphone and said, listen to these.

I declined but he insisted. So I listened to only parts of both songs, then I returned the iphone back to him. It was a conscious decision. I wanted to hear the full album on my own accord, at my own pace, in the comfort of my red Klippan sofa.

I challenged Maman’s decision to work on Hijrah several times before the album was completed. I questioned his motivation. I felt it was gimmicky, a little cliched even. The rockstar who finds God and the light of religion at the twilight of his career. I know Hijrah wasn’t that at all and I know Maman well enough to know that he would have worked on Hijrah even if he was at the height of his popularity. But it sure felt like a cop out album. While Maman has always been quirky with his musical directions and he has never written a full flat-out commercial rock album full of pointless love songs, I felt it was out of character. How do I reconcile Maman, the person who wrote Layar Lara and Kasih Ku Pinjam Wajahmu, the guy who sang about girls in their Levi’s 501s, with this Maman who sings about finding peace at the afterlife?

I am sure I am not the only one. Hijrah was a curious album, and a curious choice. As you read this, I am sure you are wondering the same thing.

So it was more than with a little trepidation that I put Hijrah on the spin. That was a week ago.

Hijrah is a fully-acoustic album containing 9 never-before-released tracks and a bonus track of spoken words. With the exception of Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2), the rest of the tracks were especially written for the album that took about 2 months to complete.

First of all, I feel Hijrah is a contradictory album and I want to try to explain this. If you break the album into its individual parts and isolate the melodies from the lyrics, what you will end up with is a strong folk-ethnic-rock album written in Maman’s signature style but with a decidedly spiritual lyrics. Now herein lies the twist, spiritual songs are usually written in a soft, melifluous manner. But his lyrics, while poetic, were written in a raw, painfully honest prose – making the album, or the songs rather, conversational and uncomfortably confessional. They were not ’soft’ or graceful. They were stark, devoid of parables, simple.

So what does that mean? To me, it means Hijrah extricates itself from the preachy, motivational mould of a typical spiritual album. Instead, it is an album of journey of sorts, which is apt I suppose, being that Hijrah means the start of a new life, a great emigration for a better, more fulfilled existence. It’s not perfect, it is flawed in its lyrical execution, and in some of the arabic pronunciation. Yet, it’s these flaws that humanised Hijrah and made it accessible; making it a a diary of sorts, a deeply personal one at that. You can almost taste the pain and quiet despair; the humility and surrender to the huge shift in perception that were required in order to write an album such as this.

I asked Maman about the inaccurate arabic pronunciation. The album was closely supervised by the alums from Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah. This should not have even occurred. The producers should have done takes after takes until they get a perfect one. Additionally, Maman is the kind of person who is meticulous about his work. How did this escape the net?

Maman took a moment to answer. It didn’t escape the net. In fact we realized and acknowledged the pronunciation problem right from the start, he explained. But in the end, I decided to use the original take. Why?, I probed. He was quiet again for a good while. Because hijrah, he said, is a personal rite of passage that starts spontaneously, without coercion. In my own case as I was writing this album, I found myself unprepared and lacking in so many ways. I knew I had difficulties in pronouncing the arabic phrases according to its tajwid at the beginning. But as we progressed, more and more I felt Hijrah the album should be representative of the journey that I went through, how I get from point A to point B. Hence in the end, collectively, with the producer and co-producer as well as the spiritual guide that supervised the recording, we agreed to use the original take.

I didn’t feel right packaging everything in a shiny, perfect veneer, he added quietly. People may not agree with my choice to reveal my imperfections, and it was a hard decision to make. But I found that I could not make Hijrah any other way.It is what it is.

So how do I find Hijrah? Do I enjoy it? Musically, yes. While the production quality is not on par with his previous works, which is more of a technical and financial consideration rather than a creative one, it is an album that captures Maman’s character and spirit in equal measure. His delivery is emotive and heartfelt, sometimes I feel almost embarassed listening to the songs due to its deeply personal nature, almost as if I am prying into someone’s private diary while he is in the room. Lyrically, Hijrah carries a simple message. Be brave. Be humble. Remember who you are and where you’re going. Keep the faith. That it was produced as an acoustic album fits its messages perfectly.

There is one last point that I want to make. If you listen to the album from end to end, presuming you do not press the shuffle play button, you will find that the songwriting matures successively from one song to another. In other words, it is like a literal journey. The final track, track #9 as I like to refer to it, or Ruh Alam Semesta as it is called in the tracklisting is a powerful, moving piece. It is haunting and achingly beautiful. As the conclusion to Hijrah, it was a fitting choice because it showed Maman’s flair, sincerity, maturity and, perhaps, most importantly, how deeply he was invested in making the album.

Hijrah is a departure of genre for Maman. If we set aside Maman the ‘acoustic warrior’ as he was once called, and evaluate the album on its own, Hijrah is an accomplished work. It is subtle, it is fragile and in all the imperfections lie its charm. My pick of tracks would be Anugerah Cinta, Ruh Alam Semesta and Titipan Ilahi. Maman was surprised at my last choice. Maybe because the subject matter for it is a song from a father to a child.  I told him, the subject matter is immaterial really. I review songs and albums based on the emotional connection.

Hijrah showed a glimpse of a softer, calmer Maman. One that you rarely see. But one that is just as real as the acoustic warrior that you are accustomed to.  I am glad he made this album. 

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Album: Hijrah Tracklisting, Liner Notes and Cover Art

Cover art by Azrin Abdullah:

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Back cover:

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CD inlays:

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Tracklisting:

  1. Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2)
  2. Kedukaan Dalam Keriangan
  3. Kerinduan
  4. Syahadatain
  5. Cahaya
  6. Kamar (Hati)
  7. Titipan Ilahi
  8. Allahu Akbar
  9. Ruh Alam Semesta
  10. Perjalananku

Musicians:

  1. Acoustic Guitar : Maman
  2. Guitar solo / Gambus / Bass : Azrin
  3. Flute / Piano / Keyboards: Alhafiz
  4. Percussions : Wan Ramli / Fattah
  5. Voice : Annis Razali in ‘Ruh Alam Semesta’
  6. Backup Vocals in ‘Syahadatain’: Amalia, Hafsah, Zuriati Zulfa, Nur Rudhatish and Nur Rasyidah.

All songs are fully written, performed, arranged and co-produced by Maman.

Executive Producer: Planet Spiritual

(p) Planet Spirittual; (c) Maman Music Publishing

For further info, please contact Planet Spiritual at Tel: +65 6344 8770

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MP3: Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2)

Update: Thanks everyone but the download has expired. In less than 48hrs, the 100 download maximum has been reached.  Due to overwhelming requests since we will not be distributing the MP3 again, I am putting a lo-fi youtube video in here as streaming via imeem or others takes too much bandwidth. It is not much, but enough to tide you over until you get your hands on Hijrah or til the official pv comes out.  Leave a comment below if you like this.

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In conjunction with the release of Hijrah, Maman is giving away the MP3 for Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2) especially for fans outside SG who have not had the opportunity to listen to the single.

Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2)  is available for 7 (seven) days only starting today 05.04.09 or for the first 100 downloads, whichever comes first. In return, we would like to ask you to leave your comments or thoughts on the song, the album or on Maman, request for shows etc in the comment box below.  And if you like Anugerah Cinta, please consider getting the full album (SGD20/RM48) and write to ijah@email.com for details. As of this moment, Hijrah is only available in SG or by special order. Hopefully later we will be able to set-up an online store or digital downloads.
Click on  Anugerah Cinta (Warisan Wanita 2) for the download link. Enjoy.
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Album: Hijrah is out!

Dear friends,

This is just a short one to let you know that Maman’s special project album, entitled Hijrah  (previously known by its working title ‘Taqwa’) is now out.

Hijrah contains 9 all-new never before released tracks and a bonus track of spoken words.  This limited-press album is  only available by request or through its official distributor, Planet Spiritual in Singapore.  Hijrah retails at SGD20 (RM48) and the proceeds will go to the 81-year old Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah  to improve the infrastructure, facilities and curriculum of the school. If you are in Singapore, you can get the album from the school’s gift shop located at No 30. Victoria Lane, click here for the map. The album is not available elsewhere as yet.

If you would like to have a copy of the album, please send me an email at ijah@email.com. I will be going to Singapore on 4-May-2009 and would be happy to pick up a copy for you. If you would like to discuss distributorship, booking for shows, press interviews etc, please get in touch with Maman or Zag Fahmoa directly – their contact details are in the Contact tab on top of this page.

More details about the album, tracklisting, liner notes, cover art and its behind-the-scenes stories and reviews to come soon.

In meantime, here’s the link to an article by KOSMO! about Maman and the album. Click on it to be taken to the full article.

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Definition of Hijrah: a carefully planned migration or departure  which marks a break in history; or a new way of life.

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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.

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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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