Back to pop yeh yeh era at museum


Newspaper cuttings show the popularity of pop yeh yeh in its heyday.

Newspaper cuttings show the popularity of pop yeh yeh in its heyday.

HERE is a chance to tune in to the groovy music of the pop yeh yeh era and get to know the legends who made their mark then.

The ongoing ‘Pop Yeh Yeh’ Music Exhibition at Muzium Negara in Kuala Lumpur has been specially curated to feature the artistes and music that defined that particular era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Music Museum assistant curator V. Premavijayan said the tunes were a combination of Malay rhythm and the more vibrant Western music.

She added the term “pop yeh yeh” was coined from the popular song by The Beatles titled She Loves You, which was released in 1963.

A psychedelic rock album featuring music from Malaysian and Singaporean artistes from 1964 to 1970.
A psychedelic rock album featuring music from Malaysian and Singaporean artistes from 1964 to 1970.

“The emergence of pop yeh yeh came from the impact of the British influence including The Beatles, The Shadows and The Rolling Stones on the young generation in Malaysia and Singapore.

“These local youths then started their own bands and imitated the beats and image of these British bands,” she explained.

The exhibition details the history 23 pop yeh yeh artists from Malaysia and Singapore including A. Ramlie and the Rhythm Boys, Roziah Latiff and The Jayhawkers, M. Osman and The Mods as well as J. Sham and The Wanderers.

“We want to showcase the value of the 1960s music and we paid particular attention to local artists such as Datuk A. Rahman Hassan and Orkes Nirwana as well as Jeffridin and The Siglap Five.

The exhibition details the history of 23 pop yeh yeh artists from Malaysia and Singapore.
The exhibition details the history of 23 pop yeh yeh artists from Malaysia and Singapore.

“We hope the exhibition will inspire the current generation of musicians and ensure that we do not lose this musical identity,” Prema said.

Among the items exhibited are the personal collection of the artistes as well as elaborate costumes used during their performances.

There is also an interactive corner where visitors can listen to the music as well as watch the musical film show A-Go-Go 67.

The exhibition is on from 9am to 6pm daily until March 11 at Galeri 3, Muzium Negara. Entry is free.

 

An elaborate costume worn by Adnan Othman during one of his performances in 1969.
An elaborate costume worn by Adnan Othman during one of his performances in 1969.