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The past and present come alive at the newly opened Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. A few hours in this fascinating place is not enough, VERONICA SHUNMUGAM discovers.
It isn#8217;t often that young people leave secondary school brimming with plans to set up a business. But that was what P. Sujatha, who was single-minded in her pursuit of becoming a beautician and one day open a beauty parlour, had set for herself when she left school.
She grew up with Arabic music, I>ghazal/Iand I>zapin/Iand plays the traditional I>gambus /I>pretty well. Betty Banafe also excels in belly dancing.
As the seductress Zaitun in the U-wei Shaari movie I>Buai Laju-Laju/I>, Betty Banafe made heads turn.
Farid Ali, better known as Mr Gambus in the international jazz circuit, is 42, sports plastic, sky-blue rimmed glasses, and has a receding hairline and a slightly protruding belly.
The fourth of the Avanti Friday Night Jazz Series on March 4 showcased Farid Ali Friends, who gave an enticing performance.
Crossing musical boundaries is what the inaugural KL Music 2005 is all about, with diverse acts fusing the genres featured for the five-day festival starting Monday.