Doodle honours Saloma, Malaysia's first National Songbird


Today's Google Doodle shines the spotlight on legend Saloma in honour of her being Malaysia’s first Biduanita Negara back in 1978. — Google

Malaysian legendary performer Saloma is highlighted in today’s Google Doodle (Nov 26), coinciding with the anniversary of her receiving Malaysia’s first Biduanita Negara (National Songbird) award.

On this day in 1978, she was accorded the award for her contributions to the country’s music industry.

Users of the search engine will see Saloma in the spotlight of the second ‘O’ in Google with her signature coiffure and red dress.

On the Doodle blog, Google noted that through the late 1950s through the early 80s Saloma recorded over 500 songs and acted in many local films.

Saloma, whose real name is Puan Seri Salmah Ismail, married legendary entertainer Tan Sri P. Ramlee in 1961.

The duo went on to perform on stage, in movies and recorded albums together, becoming the power couple of the day.

Saloma was born in Singapore on Jan 22,1935 before the country left Malaysia and today’s Google Doodle is only available in Malaysia.

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