By ZAINI HASSAN
KUALA LUMPUR — The Dean’s of Faculty of Music UiTM, Dr Tazul Tajuddin was awarded the Top 10 Malaysia 2019 ‘Personality of the Year Award 2019 The Legendary Music Composer’ here last week.
The award was given by the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik in Shangri-La Hotel.
The accolades were awarded to the composers who have successfully made a name of themselves in the music industry with their inspiring works.
“Some of these music composers have written and composed evergreen songs for legendary singers while others have composed popular music for theatre plays and even orchestras,” according to top10malaysia.com.
Dr Tazul, 50, renowned Malaysian music composer has won numerous awards and has written more than 50 works which were performed and broadcasted in 23 countries.
Dr Tazul’s famous music works such as “Arabesque”, “Tenunan”, “Mediasi Ukiran”, “Gamelbati”, “Pantun” and “Topography” have been inspired by Malay-Asian cultures, Islamic geometrical patterns and Western European art combined with diverse contemporary cultural ideals.
“Opera Puteri Saadong” was his first opera composition and the first in the Malay language which was funded by Ministry of Culture and Arts and premiered in Malaysia, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Dr Tazul received his Doctor of Philosophy in music composition from University of Sussex, United Kingdom 1997-2001; Master’s in music composition Carnegie Mellon University, USA 1994-96 and Bachelor’s in music, ITM 1988-1991.
He was also the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard University 2015-2016.
Another nine musicians who also received their awards were: Legendary composer and songwriter, Datuk Ooi Eow Jin; Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Nawab Khan who has set the record of composing over 2,000 songs, releasing 500 albums and grooming at least 75 singers such as Datuk Sharifah Aini, Datuk Jamal Abdillah, Datuk DJ Dave, Uji Rashid, Datuk Khadijah Ibrahim, Datuk Sudirman Arshad and Salamiah Hassan.
Hashim Said, popularly known as S Atan, is one of the most versatile composers of the Malay music of various genres such as pop, jazz, rock and dangdut; Datuk Wah Abdul Hamid Idris or most popularly known as Dato’ Wah Idris; Datuk Mohamad Nasir Mohamed, popularly known as Datuk M Nasir has composed more than 2,000 folk, rock and pop songs since 1979.
Dato’ Johari Salleh has composed many masterpieces for symphony orchestras; Fauzi Marzuki is one of Malaysia’s renowned composers and he has composed songs for celebrities such as Ziana Zain, Sheila Majid, Erra Fazira, Jamal Abdillah, the late Datuk Sharifah Aini, Nash, Siti Nurhaliza and Amy Mastura.
Datin Saidah Rastam, a lawyer who turned music composer, has composed music for theatre, film, dance, gamelan performance, orchestras, electronica, Chinese opera singers and even choral groups; and Dr Chong Kee Yong is well-known for his musical works which consist of a rich palette of sounds and his experimentation into traditions, infusing his own Chinese and multi-cultural Malaysian heritage into his music.
PEMEGANG anugerah prestij Kewartawanan Kajai 2005 Institut Akhbar Malaysia (MPI); Wartawan Terbaik Negara 2008 Persatuan Wartawan Melayu Malaysia (PWM); Best Journalist of the Year 2009 National Press Club (NPC); Tokoh Wartawan Politik 2011.
Bekas Penolong Ketua Pengarang Utusan; bekas kolumnis Cuit Utusan Malaysia (2008-2017) yang kontroversial.
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