Venezuelan soprano pays tribute to P. Ramlee

KUALA LUMPUR: The evergreen tune of Getaran Jiwa – a beloved classic number penned and performed by Malaysian actor, singer and songwriter Tan Sri P. Ramlee – has caught the attention of a well-known Venezuelan artiste.

Soprano Maria Elena Vargas recently rendered the song as a tribute to the national icon during the last segment of her maiden performance in Malaysia, Venezuela Opera Gala with Soprano Maria Elena Vargas, on March 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).

“I was told that Getaran Jiwa is a song any Malaysian can relate to and one that resonates in their hearts.

“This song is a tribute not only to the late P. Ramlee but also to Malaysia which is rich in cultural diversity, ” she said via a translator after the concert.

The performance received a rousing round of applause from the audience who attended the hour-long concert.

Getaran Jiwa was among the treasury of 149 songs written and sung by P. Ramlee, which were declared national heritage in 2018.

Other tunes in the collection include Bunyi Gitar, Maafkan Kami, Anakku Sazali and Tunggu Sekejap.

Commenting on her programme in Malaysia, Vargas said she shared her knowledge of lyric singing and opera with some 100 students during a session at a university.

“I also plan to collaborate with many prestigious institutions, including Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara) in the near future to execute a bigger performance in Malaysia, ” said the 63-year-old singer who regards Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti as one of her inspirations — Bernama

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